Catalytic Converter Theft on the Rise

Catalytic Converter Theft on the Rise

April 5, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Ada, MN — Thieves are taking the attention away from what’s inside your car and are now focusing their attention on what’s underneath your car. Catalytic Converters, which are a part of your vehicle’s exhaust system designed to reduce toxic gases and pollutants, are the new hot ticket item for criminals across the country. Even locally catalytic converter has become a big problem because Ada Police Jody Bueng says they have good value and can be relatively easy to steal.

Catalytic converters from newer and exotic cars bring in more value, making them potential targets. Chief Bueng says thieves are also more likely to steal from vehicles out of sight and with more ground clearance.

While thieves can get a few hundred dollars for your converter, getting it replaced with a new one can cost up to a few thousand dollars in parts and labor, plus fast-moving thieves with a cordless hacksaw can cause additional damage to your vehicle. Some auto insurance providers will cover it, however, depending on your plan.

Bueng adds that if you see something suspicious, such as people carrying power tools and flashlights or prowling around parked vehicles, do not be hesitant in reporting it to police.

Contact the Ada Police Department at 218-784-5510 or Norman County Sheriff’s Office at 218-784-7114 to report any suspicious activity, but always use 9-1-1 for emergencies.