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Protect Your Vehicle Against Catalytic Converter Theft


Thieves are looking for fuel-powered vehicles manufactured after 1974 that have catalytic converters. Thieves often target taller vehicles (such as pickup trucks or SUVs) because they can easily fit under the vehicle to access the catalytic converter also 2000’s model Toyota’s and Hondas.  The location of your car may also be a factor like regularly parking in one area for a long period of time. When possible, park in well-lit areas and close to building entrances. If you have a garage at your house, park your vehicle inside and keep the garage door close.

Have the catalytic converter welded to your car’s frame, which may make it harder to steal.  Consider engraving your vehicle identification number (VIN) on the catalytic converter — this may help alert a scrap dealer that it was stolen and make it easier to identify the owner.  Calibrate your car’s alarm to set off when it detects vibration.