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Posted on: August 26, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Catalytic Converter Thefts

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The League City Police Department has recently noticed a rise in catalytic converter thefts from vehicle exhaust systems. These thefts are taking place even in broad daylight and often in public parking lots. 

A catalytic converter is a device that’s installed on most vehicles. They contain catalytic materials that neutralize about 90% of the harmful gases in engine exhaust that contribute to smog. They are usually on the underside of the car or truck as part of the exhaust system, situated between the engine and the muffler. You’ll notice a loud rumbling or roaring sound as soon as you turn on the engine if your catalytic converter is missing. 

 The Appeal of Catalytic Converters

catalytic converterThe value of the metals in the manufacturing of the catalytic converters is what makes them so appealing to thieves. These parts contain platinum, rhodium, and palladium. These metals are expensive, and thieves can sell the converters to scrap yards for several hundred dollars per piece. 

Protect your property

It can cost you on average up to $2,000 to replace a catalytic converter, and it is illegal to drive your car without one. To avoid becoming a victim of this crime, always park in well-lit areas when possible. If you have a personal garage, keep your car in the garage with the door closed when the vehicle is not in use. Park close to a building entrance or to the nearest access road when parking in a public lot. Security devices are available that attach to the converter, making it harder to steal. Having the converter welded in place also makes it more difficult to remove. Engrave your VIN number onto your catalytic converter to make it easier to identify in case it does get stolen.

If you have information about these crimes, please contact the League City Police Department at 281-332-2566.

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