Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention Tips

Ethel Walsh

The Countrywide Insurance coverage Crime Bureau has noted a extraordinary improve in catalytic converter thefts considering that 2018.  What helps make these auto parts so desirable to steal is the treasured metals contained inside.  The scrap worth for these cherished metals has skyrocketed in modern many years.  Bucks and Montgomery Counties have been plagued with ongoing thefts of catalytic converters.  Law enforcement departments have built a lot of arrests for these varieties of thefts.  The most well-known qualified automobiles are the Toyota Prius, Ford F-Sequence vans, Isuzu box trucks, and motorhomes (RV’s).  It normally takes significantly less than a couple of minutes to dedicate the theft.  

We would like to provide our citizens and business owners with some ideas to avoid you from getting a victim. 

  • Park in nicely-lit places
  • Put in motion-delicate lights and stability cameras
  • Paint your catalytic converter to prevent thieves
  • Set up a catalytic converter anti-theft machine
  • Most importantly notify your neighborhood police section if you’re a target.  There might be proof at your locale that will guide in investigating other thefts.

If you would like extra info or tips to make your residence or business enterprise additional secure, really feel absolutely free to make contact with us.  We would be pleased to go to your house and talk about crime avoidance.  

The subsequent details was not too long ago provided on the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office Facebook Web page.  The customers of the Bucks County District Attorney’s Place of work Car Theft Device arranged a catalytic convertor etching event, a new tool to discourage catalytic convertor thefts. Partnering with the District Attorney’s Business was Thompson Toyota, the Pennsylvania Auto Criminal offense Investigators Association (PACIA), the Nationwide Insurance Criminal offense Bureau, Pennsylvania Condition Police, the Attorney General’s Office and associates from a number of insurance policies organizations.

Forty-eight autos had been “etched” at the occasion held at Thompson Toyota in Doylestown.

Auto theft investigators put a sticker with a exclusive serial code quantity on a cooled-off catalytic convertor. The sticker is then coded with an acid that that completely etches the quantity into the catalytic convertor. The serial code is then entered into a databases, which will allow regulation enforcement to trace the converter if it is stolen and later on recovered.

The sticker by yourself can serve as a deterrent to prospective catalytic convertor robbers, according to Deputy District Attorney Edward J. Furman Jr., who heads the Car Theft Unit. In the occasion that a stolen catalytic converter is recovered the etching will support in the prosecution by linking the converter to the specific auto it was taken from.

Furman and Assistant District Lawyers Christine Sassane, Chad Kovack and Julia Wilkins make up the DA’s Office environment Auto Theft Device.

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