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Public Awareness: Catalytic Converter Thefts

There has been a sharp increase in reports of thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles throughout the metro area, including on the Anschutz Medical Campus.  In the last three weeks, University Police have received 7 reports of this on our campus alone. 

Catalytic converters are used to convert harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions.  Precious metals such as platinum, palladium, rhodium or gold are inside to facilitate this process.  These vehicle parts are sold by thieves to metal recyclers for a couple of hundred dollars. Unfortunately for the vehicle owner, repairs can result in costs over $1000.

These parts can be can be stolen in a matter of minutes, and thefts have even occurred in broad daylight.  Typically catalytic converters are stolen from vehicles that sit higher off the ground because it is easier for thieves to gain access.  Other popular targets include hybrid cars because damage to the precious metals inside the converter is far less due to the lowered emissions.

You will know if a catalytic converter has been removed by the loud noise coming from the exhaust system.  It will sound as if there is no muffler and will become even louder as the motor accelerates. 

University Police encourage you to report anyone you see acting suspiciously or carrying tools in parking lots and, whenever possible, park in well-lit areas.  You can alert University Police of suspicious activity by calling 303-724-4444.


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Emergency Preparedness Quick-Reference Guide


The information above is contained in the Emergency Preparedness Quick-Reference Guides located at the entrance/exit to room throughout CU Anschutz Medical Campus buildings.


The primary purpose of the Emergency Preparedness Quick-Reference Guides (left) is to provide CU Anschutz students, faculty and staff with information that may be critical in the event of an emergency; take the time to learn the emergency procedures and contacts listed in this document, and be prepared for emergencies.