Police investigating catalytic converter thefts

Thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles have become a problem in Winston-Salem with more than 100 thefts reported in the city since the beginning of January. State law enforcement officials also are reporting an increase in thefts of catalytic converters across North Carolina.

At Wake Forest, the University Police Department is investigating recent thefts and attempted thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles in Wake Forest parking lots.

The latest incident occurred the evening of March 31. A student observed someone attempting to steal a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked in the Freshman lot.

In addition to the reported attempted theft, six thefts have been reported from vehicles in the following lots since the beginning of the semester:

  • Freshman Parking Lot, five incidents
  • Sophomore Parking  Lot, one incident

In response, University and Winston-Salem police officers have increased security and patrols of the Freshman and Sophomore parking lots. University Police Department officials have also been consulting with the Winston-Salem Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation to share information and get updates on similar incidents occurring in the city, especially in areas close to campus.

University Police recommend parking your car in a well-lit area and checking your car every day, even if you do not drive it. Students can park on the main campus after 4 p.m. until 8 a.m., Monday to Friday.

These crimes have occurred during the day when people are around, as well as at night. The catalytic converter is part of the exhaust system and can be removed quickly. If it has been stolen, the vehicle will make a loud, rumbling sound when started. Should you see someone near or under a vehicle, go to a safe location and immediately call police.

The University Police Department encourages students, faculty and staff to promptly report suspicious activity observed on and around campus. The University Police Department can be reached at 336-758-5911, through the LiveSafe app or online.

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