Catalytic Converter Theft on The Rise

Thefts of the emissions-control devices from under vehicles are skyrocketing across the country. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that the number of catalytic converter theft claims to insurance companies jumped to a 325% increase.

Arizonans reported 2,046 thefts in 2021, an increase of 1,340% over 2019. Police recommend that drivers be intentional about where they park. A common way to deter such theft is to attach a metal cage or box around the catalytic converter, making it more difficult and time intensive to cut away.


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