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Lansing-Area Catalytic Converter Etching Event Set for October 1
September 22, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2022
(LANSING, MICH) The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) is partnering with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the Lansing Police Department (LPD), and Shaheen Chevrolet to offer motorists a free catalytic converter etching event to help combat theft. Catalytic converter theft has been on the rise during recent years and can cost consumers thousands of dollars in repair costs.
“DIFS is proud to partner with law enforcement and Shaheen Chevrolet to offer Michiganders this opportunity to protect their vehicles from the growing risk of catalytic converter theft,” said DIFS Director Anita Fox. “Our Department is committed to protecting Michigan consumers and holding responsible those who commit these crimes.”
“From supply chain issues to the exploding market value of precious metals, catalytic converter theft continues to be a major issue across the country,” said David Glawe, President and CEO of the NICB. “We saw a dramatic 1,215% increase since 2019. Always practice good security hygiene, make sure your auto policy is up to date, call law enforcement and your insurer if you become a victim, and visit NICB.org for more information.”
“This program is a great example of a community partnership that will make a difference in the lives of the Lansing residents,” said Jordan Gulkis, Public Information Director of LPD. “Etching identifying information into catalytic converters will give officers another tool for investigating these thefts and holding these thieves accountable.”
“Shaheen Chevrolet is committed to the safety of our customers and the greater Lansing community,” said Ralph Shaheen, President of Shaheen Chevrolet.
Thieves target catalytic converters for the precious metals inside that reduce the emission of harmful pollutants in a vehicle’s exhaust. Etching the last 8 digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into the metal of the converter can help deter thieves from stealing the part and make it harder for them to sell stolen converters to legitimate scrap yards and metal dealers. Replacing the converter and repairing damage caused by the theft can cost as much as $3,000. Vandalism and theft are covered by a comprehensive auto insurance policy, but this coverage is optional and drivers who have not purchased it may end up paying out of pocket for repairs.
- When: Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Where: Shaheen Chevrolet of Lansing Quick Lube & Tire Center, Door #4 located at 632 American Road, Lansing, Michigan 48911
- To make an appointment, call 888-479-1865
There will be 40 appointments available with etchings taking approximately 15 minutes per vehicle to complete. There are no limitations on vehicle make or model, and representatives from DIFS, LPD, and NICB will be in attendance, along with Shaheen Chevrolet technicians.
For questions, more information, or to reserve an appointment, call the Shaheen Chevrolet of Lansing Service Department Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 888-479-1865.
If you have questions or concerns with your insurance policy or wish to file a complaint, contact DIFS at 877-999-6442 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit Michigan.gov/DIFScomplaints.
The mission of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services is to ensure access to safe and secure insurance and financial services fundamental for the opportunity, security, and success of Michigan residents, while fostering economic growth and sustainability in both industries. In addition, the Department provides consumer protection, outreach, and financial literacy and education services to Michigan residents. For more information, visit Michigan.gov/DIFS or follow the Department on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.