Police Bring Back Free Catalytic Converter Etching Program

Montgomery County Police has brought back their catalytic converter etching program, with limited appointments available on Oct. 26.

The program, referred to as “Etch and Catch,” aims to deter catalytic thefts and attempts to help with the recovery of stolen converters. The program was first launched in March 2023.

Police have partnered with local auto-body shops and vehicle service centers for the program.

Technicians at these shops and service centers chemically etch a serial number onto the vehicle’s catalytic converter. This number is entered into a database which helps trace the part if it is stolen.

A window cling that says the vehicle’s converter has been etched is included in the service to further discourage possible theft.

Residents can schedule a free appointment by calling (240) -773-5881 or by signing up here.

More information on the Etch and Catch program can be found on the Montgomery County Department of Police website.

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