By Jennifer McRae

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Golden are letting people know about a catalytic converter protection event to deter thieves. There has been a surge in catalytic converter thefts in the Denver metro area in the past year.

A catalytic converter (credit: CBS)

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The theft is expensive for victims and many people don’t realize that the vital part of their vehicle is missing until they hear a loud roar.

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The free catalytic converter protection event is hosted by AAA Colorado.

Drivers can sign up for the Saturday event at Hands of the Carpenter shop on South Golden Road.

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There are limited spaces available and participants must register in advance.

Jennifer McRae