Halton Police have advised residents to be on alert as investigators have observed an uptick and catalytic converter thefts.
Police said although the trend was visible in North America however a particularly high number of thefts were observed in Milton and Halton Hills.
As many as 29 catalytic converters were stolen in Milton and Halton Hills between March 1 and April 12 this year.
Most of the thefts occurred on weekends and almost all of them occurred overnight. Cars parked in quiet industrial lots and large apartment buildings were said to be at a high risk.
Police say the thieves can steal a car’s catalytic converters in as less as 60 seconds.
Police are conducting targeted patrols in industrial areas, self-storage units and parking lots throughout the region.
Residents have been advised to take extra precautions and report any suspicious activity to police.
Police say the vehicles should be parked in locked, well-lit areas and in a way that makes it harder to access them, for example, against a wall or between other vehicles, may help protect against theft.
Investigators said the residents may provide information if they have at 905-825-4777 ext. 2416.
Laura Steiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Milton Reporter, Milton Reporter