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Posted on: May 4, 2022

CATGUARD Catalytic Converter Pilot Program

Ramsey County Sheriff Vehicle

Minnesota has one of the highest rates of catalytic converter thefts in the nation. To deter catalytic converter thefts, the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office is partnering with Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau to offer catalytic converter marking kits. The self-install kits include a label that is etched onto the metal of the catalytic converter after a brief installation process. The law requires these to be installed at no cost to vehicle owners. Businesses cannot charge for the installation of a program label, but they can require another service be performed to install a label. 

Residents of Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Little Canada, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, and White Bear Township qualify to participate. Residents can visit the Ramsey County Sheriff's office located at 1411 Paul Kirkwood Drive in Arden Hills to pick up their self-install marking kit. The program begins Monday, May 9, from 9:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday. 

This program is one of the first of its kind. Supplies are limited. For more information, visit vehicleroadsafetysolutions.com, Catalytic Converter Pilot Program / Minnesota.gov or call the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office at 651-266-9333. 

Marking kits are only offered for vehicles at the highest risk of experiencing catalytic converter theft.  If your vehicle is on the list below, consider participating in this pilot program:

Chevrolet Express

Ford Econoline

Ford F250

Honda Accord

Honda CRV

Mitsubishi Eclipse

Mitsubishi Lancer

Honda Element

Honda Odyssey

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Tucson

Kia Sportage

Mitsubishi Outlander

Toyota Prius

Toyota Tundra

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