Catalytic Converter Theft – The Suburban Times
Announcement by Greg Premo, Police Chief of the City of University Place.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that catalytic converter theft has skyrocketed across the country since the pandemic began in 2020. While we haven’t seen a huge eruption of these incidents in UP, we have have dealt with a few cases, so I want to share some information about this crime trend so that you can hopefully avoid becoming a victim.
Thieves target the theft of catalytic converters from all types of vehicles. Catalytic converters contain a small amount of one of three precious metals (platinum, palladium, or rhodium) which can be recycled for silver – almost $ 250 depending on the amount and type of metal.
The suspects crawl under the vehicle and use electric hacksaws to remove the device. This process doesn’t take long, so if you hear a loud sawing noise that sounds unusual, don’t ignore it. Investigate and call 911 if you discover any suspicious activity. Even interrupting the flight can help the victim save money. A complete replacement costs much more than a simple repair. Take a look at the graph for more tips to help you avoid being a victim.
Active and engaged citizenship is one of the reasons our crime statistics for 2021 actually look very positive. Violent crime is down 36% and property crime is down 7% from 2020. I realize that some property crime victims do not report their incidents for various reasons, but we have need this data to help establish crime trends and show the real depth of publishing it. I therefore encourage all citizens to report property crimes, even if nothing has been taken or there has been only minor property damage.
As always, please be cautious and let me know if you have any questions.