Catalytic converter theft continues to occur nationwide because these components contain precious metals with high recycling values. Although they are being stolen from various makes and models, Orange County Sheriff’s Department data shows Toyota Priuses, Honda Accords, and Honda Elements are the most common vehicle types targeted. 

Protect yourself from being a victim by:

  • Parking in a secure garage or well-lit area
  • Installing motion-activated lights around your home
  • Using video surveillance cameras
  • Installing a catalytic converter clamp or shield
  • Etching your vehicle’s VIN or license plate number on the converter for identification if stolen

Lake Forest was among the first cities in Orange County to pass specific ordinances to make it easier to arrest and prosecute catalytic converter thieves. Please call 911 immediately if you believe a catalytic converter theft is in progress. It only takes seconds to steal one!

Catalytic Converter Theft Mitigation Programs 

On October 4, 2022, the City Council approved two programs to help protect residents from catalytic converter theft. The Catalytic Converter Painting & Etching Program (“P&E Program”) would reimburse local automotive shops with $125 to paint and etch the catalytic converters of certain vehicles frequently targeted by catalytic converter thieves. The Catalytic Converter Shield Program (“Shield Program”) would provide residents a $250 credit towards the purchase and installation of a catalytic converter theft mitigation shield at local automotive shop. At this time, the City is accepting applications from local businesses who would like to participate in one or both of the programs. Both programs are designed to help local automotive repair businesses offset the economic impacts of COVID-19. 

The City is now accepting applications from local automotive repair businesses to participate in the catalytic converter theft mitigation programs! 


Catalytic Converter Painting & Etching Program 

Under the P&E Program, local automotive repair businesses would be reimbursed $125 to paint and etch the vehicle identification number (“VIN”) on vehicles owned by Lake Forest residents. Residents will apply to participate in the program by showing proof that their vehicle is registered to a Lake Forest address and is on the City’s list of vehicles subject to frequent theft (Toyota Prius, Honda Accord, Ford F-150, Toyota Tacoma, etc.). Once approved, residents will be able to take their vehicle to a participating automotive repair shop. The automotive repair shop will perform the painting and etching service and submit a form to be reimbursed by the City for the work performed. The City will reimburse participating businesses $125 per vehicle serviced. Businesses can apply easily online via the link below. 

P&E Program Guidelines

P&E Program Sample Agreement

P&E Program Application

 


Catalytic Converter Shield Program 

Under the Shield Program, residents will be able to apply to receive a pre-paid $250 gift card (provided by Mastercard) towards the purchase and installation of a catalytic converter theft mitigation shield (“shield”). Eligible shields include shields produced by MillerCat and Get Cat Security Businesses must already have, or be willing to form, a certified installer relationship with MillerCat or Get Cat Security to participate. Residents must coordinate with participating businesses to procure the shield and arrange for installation services. Resident is responsible for the remaining balance (if any) of the parts and labor costs associated with the shield installation after the $250 gift card is applied.

Shield Program Guidelines

Shield Program Sample Agreement

Shield Program Application

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2022 Business Survey


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Expand the Forest

Expand the Forest Beautification Program

Public Works Department | 100 Civic Center Dr. | Lake Forest, Ca 92630 | (949) 461 - 3493


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Note: Due to the health and wellbeing of the selected trees, plantings will occur only from October 1st though December 1st and March 1st through June 1st. Staff will contact you during this time frame. Dedication plaques are not allowed. 


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Disclaimer: If a planting date cannot be arranged, the tree(s) will be planted by the end of the planting period. 

 


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The cost of the Expand the Forest Program is $93.00/15 gallon tree. 

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City of Lake Forest
Expand the Forest Program
100 Civic Center Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92630

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Lake Forest, CA 92630

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20780 Lake Forest Dr., Lake Forest, CA 92630, (949) 600-8310
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