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How to protect your car from catalytic converter theft?

How to protect your car from catalytic converter theft?

Catalytic converter theft has become an increasingly rampant issue in recent years, with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reporting that thefts rose from 1,298 in 2018 to 14,433 in 2020. This is a 977% increase in thefts, and California accounts for 37% of all catalytic converter theft claims.

The rising price of precious metals contained within catalytic converters has been cited as the main reason for the increase in thefts. For example, platinum, which is one of the main components of a catalytic converter, hit an all-time high in 2020 and continues to remain at a high price. This makes catalytic converters an attractive target for thieves looking to make a quick buck.

Theft of catalytic converters is made easier by the lack of security features found on most vehicles. Many vehicles don’t have alarms, immobilizers, or tracking devices that could alert the owner to an attempted theft. This makes it easier for thieves to remove the catalytic converter without the owner being aware.

You may also want to consider installing a catalytic converter guard, which is designed to make it harder for a thief to remove the converter.

Carfax for Police has released a Catalytic Converter Replacement Report that identifies the most targeted vehicles nationally, regionally, and by state. This report is based on CARFAX service reports for catalytic converter replacements from more than 60,000 service shops across the country between January 2019 and the first three months of 2022. This report can help law enforcement identify the vehicles most often targeted for theft.

In order to help curb the increasing number of catalytic converter thefts, law enforcement has implemented various prevention strategies. These include marking programs and public education campaigns. The marking programs involve marking catalytic converters with identifying information that can be traced back to the owner. This makes it easier for law enforcement to identify the stolen catalytic converters and trace them back to the thieves. Public education campaigns can help raise awareness of the issue, and remind owners to be vigilant and take proper precautions to protect their vehicles from theft.

Overall, catalytic converter theft has become an increasingly serious problem that needs to be addressed. Through a combination of prevention strategies, public education, and the help of Carfax for Police’s Catalytic Converter Replacement Report, law enforcement can help reduce the number of thefts and make our roads safer for everyone.

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