Note: The AAA program is funded through July 1, 2022. Many shops are out of converter kits, so you may need to call around. Shops will continue to attached the etched ID while supplies last. If the program receives new funding, we’ll let you know. The CSP label kits and Sheridan engine immobilizer programs remain active. AAA Colorado is partnering with the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) and other state and law enforcement partners to give Coloradans free devices to stop automotive theft. Motorists can now get a special traceable number etched into their catalytic converter for FREE. And Sheridan residents can also receive a FREE engine immobilizer.
Catalytic Converter Etched ID
Car theft and related crimes are surging to historic levels in Colorado. Some jurisdictions report a 1000 percent increase in catalytic converter theft over 2019, while overall automotive theft is up 57 percent over 2020.
So far, in 2021, some 2,485 Coloradans have had their catalytic converter stolen. That’s a 1,556% increase over 2019 with fully half of the year still ahead.
Catalytic converter theft is skyrocketing in Colorado and across the country because of a lucrative black market for the precious metals that converters contain. These devices, which help control exhaust emissions, commonly cost well over $1,000 to replace.
They’re also an attractive target to thieves: They’re easily removed from vehicles, and they’re not equipped with serial or VIN numbers.
Through its network of more than 150 Approved Automotive Repair facilities across Colorado, AAA will apply a non-removable, chemically etched identification number to catalytic converters on vehicles brought in for regular repair or maintenance.
Those serial numbers will then be entered into a theft prevention database — searchable by law enforcement, salvage yards, and recyclers — to ensure the catalytic converter isn’t stolen (or at least a thief will see the ID on the converter and skip it, knowing he can’t resell it).
The installation process takes only a few minutes, and the vehicles will also be equipped with window stickers to warn would-be-thieves of the new theft deterrent.
You can visit AAA.com/StopTheft to learn more about how to receive this service. Catalytic converter labeling is FREE to Coloradans in conjunction with certain paid services at a participating AAA Approved Auto Repair shops.
Catalytic Converter Label Kits
The Colorado State Patrol has been distributing (and sometimes installing) catalytic converter label kits. Due to overwhelming demand, they are limited to the supply we have on hand. Additional labels and pick up times will continue to be added as they receive more supply.
Your best bet is to bookmark and keep checking here for any future distribution events. As soon as one is announced, reserve a day and time slot to pick up a FREE kit.
Engine Immobilizers — Sheridan
For folks who live in Sheridan and drive an eligible vehicle, AAA will, at no cost to the driver, install an engine immobilizer — an electronic device that arms automatically when the vehicle is switched off.
These devices make it impossible to start a vehicle unless the authorized key is present, and work on all passenger vehicles and trucks.
The immobilizers are for the “most at risk” vehicles. These include:
Honda Civic (1990-2002)
Honda Accord (1990-2002)
Ford F150 (1997 – 2007)
Ford F250 (1997 – 2007)
Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra (1996-2006)
Jeep Cherokee & Jeep Liberty (1994-2006)
You can determine your eligibility and arrange for a free installation at AAA.com/ProtectSheridan. No additional automotive service is required.