Catalytic converter theft has been on the rise in recent years, and it's become a significant issue for car owners. In this blog, we'll discuss why catalytic converter theft is on the rise and what you can do to prevent it.
Let's start with what a catalytic converter is and why it's valuable. A catalytic converter is a device in your car's exhaust system that reduces the emissions of harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide. It contains precious metals, such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium, which are valuable and can be sold for a high price. Thieves target catalytic converters because they can quickly sell the metals for a profit.
Why Are Catalytic Converter Theft Cases on the Rise?
High metal prices:
The value of the metals used in catalytic converters has increased in recent years, making them more attractive to thieves. Prices for platinum, palladium, and rhodium have all risen significantly in the last few years, creating a lucrative market for metal theft.
Easy to steal:
Catalytic converters are easy to access and remove, making them an easy target for thieves. The theft can be done quickly, often in a matter of minutes, and the thief can sell the stolen converter to scrap metal dealers or online.
Lack of enforcement:
Catalytic converter theft is a low-risk crime. Thieves know that there is a low chance of getting caught or punished, so the crime continues to be attractive to them.
Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention Tips
Park in a secure location
Try to park your car in a garage or other secure location, particularly overnight. If you don't have access to a garage, we suggest parking in a well-lit area with CCTV cameras if possible.
Use an anti-theft device
There are several anti-theft devices you can install to deter thieves, such as a catalytic converter shield, which makes it more difficult to access the converter.
Etch your catalytic converter
Etching your catalytic converter with a unique serial number can make it less valuable to thieves as it can be traced back to your vehicle if stolen.
Install a security camera
Installing a security camera near your car can deter thieves and provide evidence if theft does occur.
If your catalytic converter has been stolen, don't hesitate to get in touch with German Motorworks to get guidance on the next steps. We can assist you with all your exhaust system repairs.