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Catalytic converter theft on the rise

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LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is warning Arkansans that catalytic converter thefts are on the rise and how people can protect their automobiles from this type of crime. A catalytic converter is an EPA-approved exhaust emission control device that is usually found beneath the vehicle as part of the exhaust system. Thieves are stealing catalytic converters from all types of automobiles for their precious metals. Specifically, hybrid and lower emission vehicles contain higher amounts of precious metals in their converters and certain larger vehicles have multiple catalytic converters making both high value targets.
“These criminals are stealing catalytic converters that will end up costing thousands of dollars to fix,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I want Arkansans to know the signs beforehand so they can protect themselves from conniving criminals trying to make a quick buck.”
Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips to protect their catalytic converters from theft:
Whenever possible, park in well-lit areas and close to building entrances.
If you have a garage, park your car inside and keep the garage shut.
Consider having the catalytic converter welded to your car’s frame, making it harder to steal.
Calibrate your car’s alarm system to alert you when it detects vibrations.
Most catalytic converters do not have serial numbers, so engraving your car’s VIN can help identify your catalytic converter if it is stolen.
Consumers should notify their insurance company if your catalytic converter is stolen.
If Arkansas consumers find that their catalytic converters have been stolen, they should file a report with their local law enforcement agency. Then contact ScrapTheftAlert.com to report a theft.

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