Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention

Catalytic converter theft is on the rise in our city and across the nation. The reason why catalytic converters are being targeted is because of the value of metals used to manufacture them. The metals contain rhodium, platinum, and palladium. Thieves will sell converters to scrap yards to make profit, which can turn into hundreds of dollars depending on size and the current rate on metals inside it. Some of the signs of a catalytic converter theft are a loud rumbling or roaring sound when you start the engine of your vehicle. This noise will grow once you press on the gas. You can physically check  underneath the back end of your vehicle and see a gap in the middle of your exhaust if your converter has been stolen. The catalytic converter is a round canister that connects the two pieces of piping in the exhaust.

Here are a few tips to help deter catalytic converter theft:

  • Park in a well-lit area if you don’t have a personal garage
  • If you have a garage, park your vehicle inside and keep the door locked
  • Ask your mechanic to engrave your license plate number or VIN number on your catalytic converter
  • Have your catalytic converter welded to the frame of your vehicle
  • Have your car’s alarm calibrated to set off when vibration is detected
  • Catalytic converter security devices are designed to make theft harder