Over the past several months, there has been an increase in catalytic converter thefts throughout Newark and New Castle County. The City of Newark has experienced thefts throughout the City, including residential neighborhoods and industrial parks. The information and tips below may help prevent becoming the victim of a catalytic converter theft.
What is a catalytic converter?
The catalytic converter turns dangerous pollutants into harmless gases. It has been a required feature of a vehicle’s exhaust system since the 1970s and is located near the engine’s exhaust manifold on most cars. It can be easily seen from underneath a car.
How/why are catalytic converters stolen?
Suspects often remove catalytic converters with saws and snipping tools. The entire process can take just minutes. Catalytic converters are sold for the precious metals they contain.
How do you know your catalytic converter is missing?
You will be able to tell that something is wrong immediately after turning on the car after your catalytic converter has been stolen. You will notice the following three signs:
Most frequently targeted vehicles:
Vehicles in commercial/industrial establishments that are not in view of surveillance systems. In Newark, Honda Elements and Honda CRVs are the most frequently targeted vehicles.
How to prevent catalytic converter theft:
Since converter thieves tend to target cars at ideal locations, most prevention methods surround parking practices. Here are six tips to prevent catalytic converter theft:
Remember to call the police agency where your car was parked when your catalytic converter was stolen to report the theft. Provide any identifying details that you can.