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Neighborhood Crime – Theft of Catalytic Converters from Vehicles

At least two residents have reported having the catalytic converters stolen from their parked vehicles. Catalytic converters contain precious metals that are somewhat valuable when sold as scrap. Recent increases in metal prices have made them more of a target. Here are some tips to reduce the chances of theft:

There are a few options that may help prevent this type of theft.

  • SUVs and Trucks with high ground clearance give easier access to thieves.
  • It takes about 2 minutes to remove the catalytic converter from most vehicles.
  • The cost to replace a catalytic converter is approximately $1000.
  • Park in your garage if at all possible; park in a well-lighted area otherwise.
  • Be on the lookout for someone working underneath a car at night and report suspicious activity to the Police.
  • Have a mechanic weld the heads of the catalytic converter bolts; this is a low-cost method of reducing the chance of theft.
  • CatClamp and CatCuff are two aftermarket products that almost completely eliminate the chance of theft. These products can be installed by a mechanic or at home with an included specialized tool and are backed by a money-back guarantee.

For more information, see this Edmunds.com Article on Catalytic Converter Theft.

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