Previous Reports Drastically Undercounted
CENTREVILLE, Va., March 14,
2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent media reports vastly
undercounted catalytic converter thefts in the U.S., new CARFAX
data shows. Thieves removed the devices from as many as 153,000
vehicles in the U.S. in 2022, far more than earlier estimates.
CARFAX data scientists reviewed catalytic converter replacements
from millions of service and maintenance records to arrive at this
CARFAX data scientists reviewed catalytic
converter replacements from millions of service and maintenance
Thieves are committing "opportunistic crimes," says Sgt.
Matt Casavant with the Maine State Police. "Parking lots – even ones
that were well lit – were getting hit. Car dealerships are getting
hit on a regular basis, too. The thieves were so brazen that it
didn't matter," he said. "My kid drives a Subaru and I won't let
her leave her car overnight at the school or other places because
it's a high-value target."
Criminals steal catalytic converters because of the precious
metals – platinum, palladium, and rhodium – contained inside each
device. Thieves can cut them from beneath vehicles in a matter of
seconds, leading to a rude awakening for vehicle owners. Once the
converter is removed, not only will the car make a loud noise when
started, but it can cost owners thousands of dollars to replace
that missing catalytic converter – especially if consumers don't
have the right type of car insurance.
To help consumers, CARFAX has compiled a nationwide list of the
top 2022 targets for these precious-metal thieves:
- Ford F-Series pickup trucks
- Honda Accord
- Toyota Prius
- Honda CR-V
- Ford Explorer
- Ford Econoline vans
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Chevrolet Silverado
- Toyota Tacoma
- Chevrolet Cruze
Depending on where you're located in the country, certain
vehicles are targeted more heavily. We have a breakdown by
Car owners looking to prevent catalytic converter theft
- Park in a well-lit area.
- Park in your garage if possible, instead of in the driveway or
on the street.
- If you must park in a driveway, consider installing motion
sensor security lights.
- Install a catalytic converter anti-theft device.
- Have a muffler shop etch your vehicle's Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN) on the converter and spray it with a highly visible,
high-heat paint. Doing so enables law enforcement to track
converters, which in turn could lead police to the thieves.
Gone in 66 seconds: See video of a catalytic
converter being removed from a vehicle:
Learn more about catalytic converters and why
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