Thieves Targeting Old People's Catalytic Converters

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Protect your gram's cat!

The human species' futile attempts to save a dying planet Earth include fitting catalytic converters to gas-powered vehicles. It is the job of catalytic converters to remove harmful exhaust gasses before they enter the Earth's atmosphere, and they do so by using various precious metals, including rhodium and platinum. These metals are worth a ton of money, and petty thieves have quickly caught on. Sure, some gearheads willingly remove their 'cats' to free up some horse puppies and improve the sound of their performance cars, but for the vast majority of vehicle owners, the catalytic converter is a part that requires little to no attention, until now.

Theft of catalytic converters has risen exponentially in recent years, and while some manufacturers such as Toyota are doing their best to stop this from happening, cases continue to rise, and it seems that thieves have started targeting older car owners with great success.

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An incident in Arvade, Colorado has once more highlighted the issue: residents living in an old-age community have experienced a spate of thefts in the past month and a half. According to resident Connie Pope, catalytic converters have been stolen from at least three cars, including her Jeep Liberty and a neighbor's Toyota 4Runner in the small community of Arvade. Pope realized that something was wrong when she started her Jeep one morning: "It sounded like a really loud Harley Davidson. They went under there with an electric saw or something and just cut the whole thing out," she said.

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Pope was left with a bill for nearly $4,000 to replace the missing part. According to Denver police, high-profile cars are being targeted: "Catalytic converters contain platinum, palladium, and rhodium. To give you an idea of rhodium right now, it sells for $21,000 an ounce., said Lt. Kevin Hines of the Denver Police Department.

Police recommend engraving your car's VIN number on the parts in question, and even painting the converters in bright colors. "Another good thing you could do is park in well-lit areas. Don't leave your vehicle in long-term parking, in businesses, warehouses, things like that., Hines concluded.

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Source Credits: CBS

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