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Milpitas’ catalytic converter theft protection program launches

As of November 1, the City of Milpitas has had a catalytic converter theft protection program in place. 

The program is fueled by $200,000 in American Rescue Act Plan (ARPA) dollars. But if the ARPA funding runs out, the program will still last for a total of 3 months. Conversely, if the ARPA money is still available for the program after 3 months from November 1, people can still benefit from it until the money runs out.

All Milpitas residents are eligible to participate. You can sign up in-person at the Milpitas Police Department (MPD). To benefit, you’ll have to show proof of Milpitas residency through your driver’s license, a water bill, a power bill, or some other official form of I.D. You’ll also have to show proof of current vehicle registration, and the address on your registration has to match the one on your presented I.D. Next you’ll sign a City liability waiver and select a participating business. 

Last step: you’ll schedule an appointment to have catalytic converter protection work done on your car. Welded metal rods or other protective hardware will be applied, although etching is not covered.

Each qualifying resident will receive a $400 voucher. If the work performed exceeds $400, the vehicle owner is required to cover the difference. The MPD can be reached directly to address all of residents’ questions and concerns at 408-586-2400 or catco_program@milpitas.gov.  

 

 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He has won awards for journalism (CA Journalism Award) and screenwriting (Fade In Award), and has served as a ghostwriter, speechwriter, or script doctor for over 3,000 clients. His first novel is a dark political thriller called "Red Dennis" (2020). His first nonfiction book is a guide for helping writers be more productive called "Ass Plus Seat" (2020). From 2020 to 2024, he co-hosted the "House of Mystery Radio Show" on NBC News Radio.

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