How often is a Toyota Camry catalytic converter stolen?
Catalytic converter theft is on the rise, especially when it comes to Toyota Camry cars. According to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, there has been a 400% increase in catalytic converter thefts since 2019. This crime is particularly lucrative for thieves as the precious metals contained in the converters can be sold for significant amounts of money.
Unfortunately, the Toyota Camry is one of the most commonly targeted vehicles for catalytic converter theft. The 2011-17 Chrysler 200 and the 2001-21 Toyota Prius are also among the most targeted vehicles. In fact, the Toyota Prius is the most targeted vehicle in the United States since 2000.
The crime is particularly lucrative for thieves as the precious metals contained in the converters can be sold for significant amounts of money. This can make replacing a stolen catalytic converter an expensive ordeal. Generally, it costs around $3,000 to $5,000 to have a shop replace the catalytic converter on a Toyota Prius. The cost of replacing a Toyota Camry catalytic converter is around $2,000, but this can vary depending on the car's model and year.
In order to combat this crime, Toyota has taken a number of steps. The company has covertly marked more than 100,000 catalytic converters in order to make them traceable. Toyota has also issued 20,000 Smartwater kits to police to support their local anti-catalyst theft initiatives. The company has also developed and reduced the price of a ‘Catloc’ device which can deter theft and make it more difficult.
In addition to these measures, Toyota is working with the police, as well as talking to the government, about changes in the law around scrap metal sales that would make it harder for criminals to sell stolen catalysts for cash.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to make catalytic converters ‘unstealable’. A Fast Guard Alarms can make theft more difficult and act as a deterrent, but thieves are using high-powered cutting tools to remove catalytic converters.
Overall, catalytic converter theft is an expensive and time-consuming crime that can leave car owners out of pocket. It is important to take the necessary steps to protect your car from theft, such as installing a Fast Guard Alarms device or keeping your car in a secure location. If you do become a victim of theft, it is important to report it to the police as soon as possible.