WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) – The Wichita Police Department is launching a new operation to address the rising number of catalytic converter thefts in the city.

The department said Friday that it is partnering with area automobile dealerships and repair shops to install 2,000 unique serial numbers on catalytic converters. Owners can then register the serial numbers on a national database.

“This year over 760 catalytic converter thefts have been reported which is over 200 more than reported in all of 2020,” Chief Gordon Ramsay said. “We are working on innovative ways to reduce this crime that has been having a significant impact on businesses and residents.”

Operation “Cat Guard” will take place Saturday, Aug. 21 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the following locations.

  • Mel Hambelton Ford – 11771 W Kellogg Dr
  • Midwest Kia – 8725 W Kellogg Dr
  • Orr Nissan – 10625 East Kellogg Dr
  • Davis-Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat – 7675 E Kellogg Dr
  • Eddy’s Toyota – 7333 E Kellogg Dr
  • Mike Steven Volkswagen – 11211 E. Kellogg Dr. N.
  • Super Car Guys – 2337 S Broadway St
  • Bill’s American Muffler Shop 3303 S Seneca
  • Midas 2820 S Seneca
  • Don Hattan Chevrolet – 6000 Hattan Dr. Park City

“WPD is grateful for area dealerships and auto repair shops partnering with us to help us to reduce these thefts,” Chief Ramsay said. “The scrap metal industry must start to be part of the solution instead of fighting legislation that will help us stop this expensive crime.”