Since the 16th of December we have experienced a rash of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in the neighborhood. Thieves are drawn to this item as precious metals are used in their production and they are very valuable to the less scrupulous recyclers in the city, and the item can be removed quickly by sliding under the vehicle and sawing the unit out with a cordless tool. Interestingly, it seems that this particular converter thief (or thieves) have been targeting Honda CRVs (4 since the 16th) , although 2 were taken off of a Ford Explorer (I guess they are equipped with 2?) In order to thwart these thefts, please take a look at some of these tips to safeguard your vehicle.
Also, as always, if you see anything suspicious, such as someone under your car or your neighbor’s car, call 911 immediately.
- Park in areas where your vehicle will most easily be seen by passers-by. For example, park under lights after dark or near windows at a business. Park near security cameras, if possible.
- Park defensively. Park high profile vehicles so they are surrounded by low ground clearance vehicles. This may deter thieves by making it harder for them to access the most vulnerable targets.
· If you have a garage, park your car in it overnight instead of leaving it in the driveway.
· When parking outside, make sure that your car is in a heavily lit, well-trafficked area where it will be hard for a thief to conceal his actions or equipment.
· Install a vehicle alarm system with a shock sensor
- If your catalytic converter is a “bolt on” model, you can have the bolts welded shut and have extra metal welded to the exhaust system.
- Install a catalytic converter protection device that will clamp around the converter.
Etch your converter with your vehicle’s license plate number in several different locations. This will help police track your property if it is stolen. If your converter is stolen, file a police report
IPNA VP for Public Safety