On June 12 1930 Hours, New Westminster police were contacted by a witness whom advised of observing a male underneath a vehicle parked on a business premise in the One-Hundred Block of East Columbia Street. Patrol officer Constable Daryl Pakosh quickly attended the scene and discovered the male still partway under the vehicle attempting to cut off the vehicle catalytic converter with a power tool.
The male was arrested without incident. The male, a Thirty-Three year old Burnaby resident and is known to police, was held in custody pending a bail hearing. Police are recommending numerous charges including theft and, break and enter.
Catalytic converters contain small amounts of expensive precious metals. Replacing a vehicles catalytic converter is very expensive. This type of theft is on the rise across North America. Vehicle owners can make a difference in reducing this and other thefts involving vehicles.
What can vehicle owners do to reduce the chances of being of victim of this crime? Practice the proven methods of theft prevention;
- Look for a well-lit, open area, near pedestrian activity if you’re parking outside.
- Lock your vehicle
- Invest in a good anti-theft device such as a vehicle immobilizer.
- Don’t leave any valuables in your vehicle.
- Never assume your vehicle won’t attract a thief.
- Avoid buildup of old insurance decals when applying new ones.
- Be sure to watch the gate close each time you leave or enter secure parking areas.
- Keep an extra key with you, not in the vehicle.
- Report suspicious people or activities to the police immediately