Public Comments for: HB554 - Larceny of a catalytic converter; penalty.
Last Name: Katz Organization: Chesterfield County Police Department Locality: Chesterfield

Catalytic Converter Thefts Chesterfield County has seen a noteworthy increase in catalytic converter thefts over the past two years. In 2020, 178 such thefts were reported. That number increased to 516, reported in 2021. While 2020 is still early, if all things remain consistent, we are on track to experience 699 catalytic converter thefts in 2022. This increase in all the more stunning when one considers that our county experienced a double-digit drop in crime last year. We estimate the total property loss from these thefts in 2020 and 2021 to be $573,600 between 860,400. We appreciate this matter being taken into consideration and support legislation to inhibit this trend, further penalize offenders, or otherwise disrupt an emerging criminal enterprise that’s costing Virginia’s millions of dollars each year. Thank you. Respectfully, Col. Jeffrey S. Katz, Chief of Police - Chesterfield County 2nd VP, Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police

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