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RUPD investigates theft of catalytic converters in parking lots of Busch, Douglass campuses

The Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) said individuals should consider installing catalytic converter-specific security devices in their vehicles. – Photo by Henry Wang

The Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) is investigating a theft that took place between April 7 and last Tuesday of catalytic converters that were cut from the undercarriage of vehicles parked on Busch and Douglass campuses, according to a University-wide email.

The theft occurred within parking lots 51, 62 and 58C on Busch Campus in Piscataway and lot 80 on Douglass Campus in New Brunswick.

Multiple vehicles were targeted, including Honda Accords, an Acura TSX, a Honda Civic, a Hyundai Sonata and a Ford van, according to the email.

The RUPD said that anyone who has information or may have been in the area at the time that the incident occurred should contact the RUPD Detective Bureau.

The RUPD also said that in order to take precautions toward deterring catalytic converter thefts, individuals should park their vehicles in garages or well-lit areas, adjust alarms to activate from certain movements and consider installing catalytic converter-specific security devices in their vehicles, according to the email.


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