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How to avoid catalytic converter theft: Tips from police on protecting your car

How to avoid catalytic converter theft: Tips from police on protecting your car

Police are again seeing an increase in catalytic converter thefts, and Hondas, at least in one town, are the vehicle most often targeted.

Police report catalytic converter thefts are occurring all over the state, including in Edison and Franklin locally. 

"We have seen a slight uptick, with the thieves targeting Hondas," Edison Police Lt. Robert Dudash Jr. said. 

Franklin police posted a public service announcement on the department's Facebook page reporting an increase in car burglaries and catalytic converter thefts.

Thieves target catalytic converters, part of a vehicle's exhaust system designed to reduce a vehicle's toxic gases and air pollutant, because they contain platinum and other precious metals.

By crawling underneath a vehicle, a saw can be used to remove the catalytic converter in just a few minutes.