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Morgan Hill Police, California
Wednesday August 25th, 2021 :: 03:51 p.m. PDT

Advisory

PREVENTING CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS.

THE APPEAL OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS
 
Catalytic Converters are valuable because of the metals used in the manufacturing of the converters. Catalytic converters contain platinum, rhodium, and palladium.  The metals are expensive, and thieves sell the converters to scrap yards for several hundred dollars per piece, depending on the size of the converter and the current rate on the metals inside it.  It can cost you on average up to $2000 to replace a catalytic converter, and it is illegal to drive your car without one.  The resulting gap in your exhaust system also makes the car run poorly until it is fixed.  The rate of catalytic converter theft varies depending on the current prices of the metals inside it. Price increases typically result in an increase in thefts. Thieves look for easy targets when it comes to catalytic converter theft and a few simple steps help make your car or SUV a less likely target.
 
 
SYMPTOMS OF CONVERTER THEFT
If your catalytic converter is missing, you’ll notice a loud rumbling or roaring sound as soon as you turn on the engine.  This gets louder when you hit the gas.  The exhaust is not working properly, so the vehicle also drives rougher than usual, often with a sense of sputtering as you change speed. Go to the back of the car and look underneath.  The catalytic converter is a round canister that connects two pieces of piping in the exhaust.  You will see a gaping space in the middle of your exhaust if the converter is missing, and you will likely see signs of the piping being cut away.
 
PREVENTING CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT
Always park your vehicle in well-lit areas when possible.  If you have a personal garage, keep your car in the garage with the door closed when the vehicle is not in use.  Park close to a building entrance or to the nearest access road when parking in a public lot.  This is due to the increased amount of pedestrian traffic in those areas.
Security devices are available that attach to the converter, making it harder to steal.  Having the converter welded in place also makes it more difficult to remove.  If you have a security system on your car, calibrate it so vibration sets it off.  This ensures the alarm activates if a thief tries to saw off the converter.  Video surveillance around your garage or driveway is also useful if you have the budget for it.  Engrave your VIN number onto your catalytic converter to make it easier in the event it does get stolen.
 
We highly encourage the community of Morgan Hill to continue helping us fight crime by hardening the target and reporting any suspicious persons and/or activity.  MHPD is excited to join the Neighbors by Ring app in efforts to reduce crime in our community.  This app will allow the MHPD to inform the community of real-time crime and safety events so you can always stay up to date and informed.  The Neighbors by Ring App also allows you, the user, to see something and share something directly with MHPD.  You do not need Ring devices to participate, anyone with any camera system can upload content to the Neighbors App.  We are encouraging every one of you to spread the word out to the community about the Neighbors App.  To download please text "staysafe" to 555888.  Remember if you see something share something and report it to the Morgan Hill Police Department.  Let’s team up together to keep our community safe and reduce crime!
 
Anyone with questions or concerns regarding this press release can contact Sgt. Scott Purvis at (669) 253-4912 or email at [email protected]
 
 
 
 

Address/Location
Morgan Hill Police, California
16200 Vineyard Blvd
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 408-779-2101

Sgt. Scott Purvis
Special Operations
[email protected]gov
669-253-4912

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