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Catalytic Converter Theft Can Cost You Thousands! Protect Yourself
It is no secret catalytic converter thefts are up nation-wide. This affects the Twin Cities Metro area as well.
We have seen an increase in catalytic converter thefts since the start of 2020. Although there is not yet a conclusive link between motor vehicle theft and the pandemic, many suspect that these crimes are happening because people need cars to get around during times when public transportation has been shut down.
A new report from NICB finds that car thieves will often steal parts off vehicles before they actually take them just so it's easier for them later on if (when) they decide to resell their stolen goods or use those particular ones as spare-parts themselves.
A catalytic converter is a device that converts the environmentally hazardous exhaust emitted by an engine into less harmful gasses. To do this, manufacturers use platinum, palladium, or rhodium for the process of converting these emissions in recent years. These precious metals have increased significantly as their values reached $14K per ounce on December 2020 and recyclers may get paid up to $250 for them depending on how clean they are from being recycled with other cleaners like soap!
In the past year, there has been a significant increase in catalytic converter thefts. In 2018, 108 were stolen each month on average; however by 2020 this number jumped to 1,203 per monthly occurrence. The five states with the most reported cases of these crimes are California (1st), Texas (2nd), Minnesota(3rd), North Carolina (4th) and Illinois is last at 5th). It's not surprising that as more cars become equipped for emissions standards we'll see greater losses from thieves who take advantage of emission components being so expensive.
In just one short 12-month period since 2018 up until now in 2020 it seems like catalytic converters have gone through their own evolution where they've grown higher risk targets
"Removing a catalytic converter takes only minutes using some basic, readily-available, battery-operated tools from a local hardware store," said David Glawe, President and CEO of NICB. "And for the vehicle owner, it's costly due to the loss of work, finding and paying for alternate transportation and then paying anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 to get your vehicle fixed."
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