Westmont, Illinois - Date Issued: October 6, 2021
Police Departments across the country are seeing a rise in catalytic converter thefts. Catalytic converters are attached to a vehicle’s exhaust system and are used to turn hazardous automobile exhaust into less harmful gases. Thieves steal the converters because the devices are made of valuable metals and can be removed from a car in a matter of minutes, however, the cost to the victim to replace the stolen converter can easily exceed $1000.
Following are some tips to help prevent catalytic converter theft:
As always, be diligent and do not hesitate to report a crime and/or suspicious behavior. When in doubt, dial 9-1-1.