Stolen Catalytic Converters
Why Catalytic Converters Matter
So what are these items and what do they do? Catalytic converters are metal boxes with two pipes coming out from them. They attach to the bottom of a car. They’re exhaust emission control devices, meaning they’re responsible for reducing the amount of pollution coming from your car. They utilize internal combustion to convert toxic gases found in exhaust systems into less environmentally harmful emissions.
Also, it is illegal to drive your car without one. If your catalytic converter is stolen, you’ll need to be towed into a service center to get the repair done.
Keep Your Car in Check
Thieves are especially targeting cars at homes or parking lots that were not well lit or monitored. Ideally, storing your car in a garage at home will prevent catalytic converter theft. If you don’t have that ability, your driveway or street front should be well lit. Law enforcement recommends motion detecting cameras, lights and alarms to scare off criminals if they approach your car.
Also, make sure you do not leave your keys in your car. Though catalytic converters are removed from the bottom of a vehicle, thieves will also drive cars to more remote locations before removing the piece. It’s not always just your car itself you need to worry about being stolen.
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