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Police report catalytic converter thefts in Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – The Hackettstown Police Department has received three reports of catalytic converters being stolen off vehicles.

The vehicles were parked on Church Street, East Prospect Street, and Madison Street during the overnight hours between Friday, Oct. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 24, police said.

The Hackettstown Police Department issued the following tips regarding catalytic converter theft: 

  • Park your vehicle inside your garage or in secure side yard.
  • If you have to park outside, leave on exterior lights or install motion detector lights.
  • Check into installing an additional sensor to convertors that set off the vehicle’s alarm when the thieves attempt to steal it.
  • Ask your repair shop to tack weld the nut and bolt: it helps prevent most thieves from easily unbolting the assembly.
  • Paint and/or engrave your converter with your VIN #.
  • Residents are advised to contact the police if they see anything suspicious.

Anyone with information regarding this case, is encouraged to contact the Hackettstown Police Department at 908-852-3300 or TEXT-A-TIP: Text ‘TIP HACKPD’ followed by your message, to 888-777.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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