A new theft trend involving semi-trucks has popped up in Saskatoon.
In the first half of July, Saskatoon police have received 11 reports of diesel particulate filter (DPF) catalysts being stolen off the bottom of trucks.
DPFs are used to remove diesel particulate matter or soot from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine and some cores are made from metal fibers, which contain precious metals.
“We believe the thefts are happening overnight and the suspects are using some sort of tool to cut and remove them,” said Saskatoon police spokesperson Kelsie Fraser.
“However, at this point, we don’t know what the suspects are doing with them because we haven’t seen them pop up online or at any scrap metal yards.”
Fraser said most of the thefts have taken place at businesses in the north end.
“We advise businesses to make sure their compounds are secure,” she said.
“Installing video surveillance could assist in the police investigation and the hiring of security could potentially deter the thefts.”
Fraser said police do not have suspects at this time.