Police Alert: Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention
We had 5 thefts of catalytic converters in the Montgomery Village/Gaithersburg District during the week of May 9th thru May 15th. We may possibly see an increase in catalytic converter thefts due to the rise in precious metal prices.
Here is a list of preventable measures you can take to help prevent catalytic converter theft:
-Park in a well lit area or in your personal garage overnight.
-Park close to a building entrance or to the nearest access road when parking in a public lot.
-Having the converter welded to the car frame will make it more difficult to steal or using a catalytic converter shield.
-If you have a car alarm, calibrate it so that vibrations will set it off.
-Have your vehicle's VIN number engraved onto the Catalytic Converter in an effort to trace it after theft.
-Place security cameras around your driveway or garage.
Catalytic converters contain precious metals which is why they are being stolen. Those with a Toyota Prius are most likely to be victimized and the new F 450's or above are almost as valuable and easier to steal because its easier to go underneath and remove the catalytic converter. The way they are being stolen is by gaining access to underneath your vehicle by a car jack, tow lift or by just crawling underneath. The thieves then remove the catalytic converter by using a metal saw or by unbolting it.
If your vehicle sounds like its muffler is missing or has large roaring sounds while the engine is running, chances are the catalytic converter was stolen. If this happens, verify it is stolen and please contact the police to report the incident.
This alert was posted by the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland.