The use of precious metals – platinum, palladium, rhodium or gold
as the catalyst has prompted rampant theft of catalytic converters from vehicles.
Theft is occurring everywhere from driveways to inside garages & dark streets.
Why a problem?
Huge rise in number of catalytic converter being stolen.
Catalytic converters are being cut off mountings under vehicles.
Vehicle owners have to pay $1,000 or more for a replacement converter.
An Easy Grab and Go process can remove the unit within a minute or two.
Thieves can remove a catalytic converter quickly, often in less than two minutes,
Only tools a thief needs are a wrench or a reciprocating saw (for converters.
Some thieves bring a mechanic’s creeper to slide under the vehicle,
Thieves sell to metal recyclers for $20-$200. Usually around $70.
Recyclers then extract the metal and resell it for as much as $6,000 an ounce.
Crime of converter theft has risen in tandem with sharply rising metal prices.
See Ten Ways to Prevent Theft: https://kit.honestjohn.co.uk/top-tens/top-10-ways-to-prevent-catalytic-converter-theft/
Other Ways to Prevent Theft:
From where you park to welding the bolts to the street, or anywhere.
Accessible and darkness contributes to environment for theft.
One way: Put converter in a CatClamp cage . Cost starts at $150 for cage.
Hard-to-defeat cage installed around the catalytic converter stops theft.
Cage can be installed by a mechanic or at home with specialized tool
Typically, catalytic converters are stolen from cars and trucks in driveways, strip malls or in parking garages.
“Anywhere cars are exposed,” says Detective Abram Yap of the Long Beach Police Department.
Nancy Edwards Referral for Research – https://kit.honestjohn.co.uk/top-tens/top-10-ways-to-prevent-catalytic-converter-theft/
In Under Two Minutes: Catalytic Converter Theft – https://www.edmunds.com/auto-insurance/in-under-two-minutes-catalytic-converter-theft.html
Huge rise in catalytic converter thefts – https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49767195