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How often is a catalyst stolen?

How often is a catalyst stolen?

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), catalytic converter thefts rose from 1,298 in 2018 to 14,433 in 2020. That dramatic increase is likely due to the pandemic, economic downturn, loss of youth-outreach programs, and public-safety budgetary and resource limitations. The precious metals found inside catalytic converters, such as palladium, rhodium and platinum, are worth thousands of dollars per ounce, making them a valuable commodity for thieves.

Large vehicles, such as SUVs and trucks, are especially vulnerable to catalytic converter theft due to their higher ground clearance, which makes it easier for a thief to slide underneath the vehicle and remove the converter. Hybrid vehicles are also targeted because their catalytic converters tend to contain more of the precious metals due to their lower operating temperatures.

There are several signs that indicate a catalytic converter has been stolen. The most obvious and easy to recognize sign is that the vehicle will suddenly be very loud. This is because the catalytic converter works to reduce exhaust noise, and without it, the exhaust will be much louder. Additionally, if you go to the back of the car and look underneath, you won’t be able to see the catalytic converter, which usually connects two pieces of piping in the exhaust.

Unfortunately, the cost of replacing a stolen catalytic converter can be expensive. Toyota Prius owners have reported bills as high as $2,000 due to the cost of the converter and the labor involved in replacing it.

There are several steps drivers can take to protect their vehicles from catalytic converter theft. The most effective is to install a protective device, such as a Fast Guard Alarms system. This device makes it impossible for anyone to cut off your catalytic converter. Additionally, some newer vehicles have a security setting that triggers the alarm when it senses vibrations. This can be a great deterrent to potential thieves. Finally, parking in well-lit areas and keeping an eye out for suspicious activity can help to prevent catalytic converter theft.

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