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Why Thieves Are Coveting Your Catalytic Converter, Particularly Now

December 27, 2020
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From the Car and Driver website

All over the U.S., cities are reporting a spike in thefts of catalytic converters, especially from shops and repair facilities.

There isn’t a national effort to track such thefts, since the National Insurance Crime Bureau stopped tracking them in 2015, but police departments say the numbers are up lately.

There’s not a lot you can do other than parking in a secure area and making sure you’re insured.

Start with total boredom and staggering unemployment, mix in tempting metal prices, and top off with slack law enforcement. The resulting cocktail served across the nation’s cities and small towns is the sawed-off catalytic converter. It’s an old favorite among enterprising criminals and dishonest metal scrappers, but the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has brought this strange thievery back into the spotlight.

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