LANCASTER – The Lancaster County Auto Crimes Task Force, in partnership with the PA Auto Theft Prevention Authority, will hold a catalytic converter etching detail this Saturday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lancaster City Streets and Public Works Garage at 225 Riverside Avenue in Lancaster Township. A team from Lancaster City Police and City of Lancaster Public Works will work together to have Vehicle Identification Numbers etched onto the catalytic converters of vehicles. Catalytic converters are known to contain valuable materials and are a frequent target of theft. There has been a recent uptick in catalytic converters thefts in Lancaster City and County. Having your VIN etched onto this valuable auto part is a deterrent against theft and makes it nearly impossible for thieves to re-sell the stolen parts. The process of etching the VIN should only take 10-15 minutes. It’s a first come, first served event, and no appointment is necessary. Some vehicles more commonly victimized for this type of theft, include Honda Pilot, Honda Element, and Toyota Prius. The event is free of charge and open to the public.