Similar to other areas in Alberta, Grande Prairie RCMP continue to see catalytic converter thefts as a rising crime trend and want to remind owners of some crime prevention tips. 

Predominantly a crime of opportunity, thieves target catalytic converters specifically due to the previous metals found inside which are sold for quick cash. Catalytic converters do not have serial numbers on them, which makes them very difficult to trace and return to an owner. Most of these stolen parts are taken to scrap dealers or scrap yards and sold for the metals they contain. 

Grande Prairie RCMP are providing the following tips that may deter this kind of theft:

-Park in well-lit areas that are close to buildings entrances, when possible. 

-If you have a garage, park your vehicle inside and keep all garage doors locked. 

-Business owners should secure their vehicles behind locked fences or inside locked buildings. 

-A vehicle alarm sensitive to vibration or other security measures.

-Engrave your vehicle identification number (VIN) on the catalytic converter, which will help return it in the event it is stolen.

-Invest in a clamp or cage for the converter.

If you see anyone underneath a vehicle or around a resident/business at odd hours of day or night, report it to your local police.

If you have any information on property crimes in your area, you are encouraged to contact Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8444 (TIPS), online at or by using "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or the Google Play Store.

Information provided by the Grande Prairie RCMP