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Operation Catalytic Converter Crackdown

By uniquely marking your catalytic converter, you can deter the theft of your catalytic converter.

How it works:

  • Register to have your catalytic converter painted for FREE
  • Choose the Midas location ( closest to where you reside: Richmond, Henrico County, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights
    • Schedule a date and time at one of these locations to have your catalytic converter painted
  • You must be the vehicle’s registered owner and have your ID and registration with you when you arrive to have your converter painted
  • This event is FREE and open to all residents and to members of the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University communities
  • It’s estimated to take only 15 minutes to have your catalytic converter painted
  • Midas will use bright, high-temperature spray paint to mark your catalytic converter under your vehicle, making it less desirable for potential theft
  • Paint will only be visible underneath the vehicle and will not affect operation

Appointments are required to serve all registered vehicle owners best.

Scheduled marking events for November 13, December 11, and January 8, 2023 have already sold out. The five Midas locations are working to schedule appointments in between those dates to accommodate the massive interest in this effort.

By marking your catalytic converter, you can create a visible deterrent to alert thieves to move on. This paint also signals law enforcement the converter may be stolen. By clearly marking your catalytic converter, you will be deterring theft from happening in the first place.

Regional areas most commonly affected by catalytic converter theft have been assigned a specific paint color corresponding to the below law enforcement jurisdictions:

Paint color will coincide with the address shown on your vehicle registration.

  • Ashland – Yellow
  • Chesterfield County – Green
  • Colonial Heights/Tri-cities area – Blue
  • Henrico County – Red
  • Hanover County – Yellow
  • Richmond – Orange
  • University of Richmond campus community – White
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) campus community – White

Report Suspicious Activity and Theft Right Away

  • Be informed and take preventative measures
  • Report suspicious activities as they occur
  • Report a stolen catalytic converter to your local law enforcement agency as soon as possible. The more evidence they can collect, the better
  • Park vehicles in garages or well-lit areas
  • Report thefts and suspicious activity to law enforcement right away. Call 911 in an emergency (such as when witnessing someone attempting to steal a converter), or the agency’s non-emergency line
  • Report crime information and tips anonymously via, or using the P3Tips app

BROCHURE Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention

Contact Us


7721 E. Parham Rd.
Henrico, VA 23294

Police Non-Emergency
(804) 501-5000
General Information
(804) 501-4800

[email protected]

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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