The Livermore Police Department is again partnering with Las Positas College to host a free catalytic converter etching event for the community today (Sept. 26).
Drivers can line up at Building 3500 at the LPC campus through 4 p.m. Tuesday. No new cars will be able to join the line after 3 p.m.
The event is open even to non-Livermore residents, although organizers said drivers wanting to avail of the free etching service might face wait times of up to 60 minutes.
At the event, catalytic converters will be etched with a unique identification number, which makes them less attractive to thieves and easier to trace if stolen. The service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis and no appointments are necessary, according to the college.
Representatives from the Livermore Police Department and the LPC Automotive Department are on hand to answer questions and provide information about catalytic converter theft prevention, the college added.
Organizers said the event aims to eliminate catalytic converter theft, which they describe as a growing problem in the Bay Area. They are encouraging vehicle owners to have their catalytic converters etched to protect their property and deter thieves.