Detectives see increase in Catalytic Converter Theft Incidents
HOT TOPICS: CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS
spring and summer-like weather arrives in Johnson County, the property crimes
tend to increase.
Thefts from vehicles and residential burglaries generally increase as the good
weather begins to pervade. 2011 is no different. Sheriff's
Detectives are reporting that there have been more recent incidents of Catalytic
Converter Thefts from the White River Township area
of Johnson County. Thieves are climbing underneath parked vehicles under the
cover of darkness and using small cutting torches to remove the catalytic converters from the
vehicles. The thieves are especially after Toyota vehicle products at this
Residents are urged to take measures to
reduce the chances of becoming a victim of Catalytic Converter Theft.
There are many ways one can reduce the chances of being affected by this type of
crime. Become friends with your neighbors, and help each other watch out
for your respective belongings. Avoid parking on the street
overnight. Park in a driveway close to the home - not at the end of the
driveway. Utilize properly adjusted motion activated floodlights to alert
you when someone is in your driveway. Improperly adjusted motion lights
are ineffective as you will soon become inattentive to their activation if they
come on every time a vehicle passes your house, for example. Keep them
adjusted where the only time they activate is if someone is truly around your
Most importantly, if you DO see someone
suspicious around your vehicle, do not scare them off or approach them. If
you observe suspicious activity, call 9-1-1 immediately while you can still see
the suspect(s). Be prepared to answer several questions from the Sheriff's
suspicious activity in the Sheriff's jurisdiction after you can no longer see
the suspect, call the Sheriff's Office at 317-736-5155. To report crime
tips via e-mail, you can send a message to: CrimeTips@JohnsonCountySheriff.com
anytime day or night.
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