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Catalytic converter thefts on the rise

Posted at 11:12 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 12:12:17-04

WISCONSIN — Catalytic converters are a popular item for thieves in our area.

Reports of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles are on the rise, according to the Oak Creek Police Department and numerous other Wisconsin police agencies. Oak Creek Police posted the warning on its Facebook page.

Catalytic converters are popular items for thieves because they have recyclable value and can be removed very quickly from the underside of your car. Taller vehicles, like trucks and SUVs provide an easier target.

The catalytic converters contain platinum, rhodium, and palladium, which can be sold at scrap yards.

If your catalytic converter is stolen, your car will be noticeably louder and won't drive as smoothly. You should report the theft to police immediately.

There are a number of ways you can prevent this from happening to you, according to

Park in well-lit areas when possible, and close to a building entrance, or access road when in a public parking lot. If you have a garage, keep the door closed when you are not using your vehicle.

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