FARGO — The Fargo Police Department has announced it is partnering with OK Tire in an attempt to reduce catalytic converter thefts by marking converters with heat-resistant paint and engraving a partial vehicle identification number on them.

Fargo police said community members will be able to stop by OK Tire, 2224 Main Ave., Monday through Friday, from 8 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 5 p.m.

The service will be offered for free until further notice and an appointment is not required.

In addition, Fargo police said investigators have spoken with several local scrap and metal dealers regarding this method of crime prevention so they will be aware of the markings when anyone comes to their facility with a catalytic converter.

Fargo police suggest that community members add their vehicle information, including a complete VIN into the city’s free My Property registration program. The information can be useful to officers and detectives in the event that property is stolen, according to police.

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The city of Fargo has received more than 130 reports of catalytic converter thefts since December 2020.

Moorhead and West Fargo police are also working with businesses in an effort to curb an increase in catalytic converter thefts in recent months.

Converter thefts have increased nationwide because of rising prices of the precious metals they contain.