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The Catalytic Converter Theft Epidemic, It's Not Over

Catalytic converter thefts surge nationwide, with hybrids like the Prius at high risk. Stay vigilant, informed, and protect what's under your vehicle.

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While many may believe the epidemic of catalytic converter theft is a thing of the past, recent events and data suggest otherwise. Contrary to popular belief, this issue is ongoing, and its impact is felt nationwide.

A report by The Associated Press recently highlighted a significant bust in California, where three family members pleaded guilty to their involvement in a nationwide theft scheme. The scheme involved shipping stolen catalytic converters worth $600 million, emphasizing the scale and severity of the issue.

Cat Security™ Toyota Prius Bi Metal Shield Close Up

Among the most affected vehicles are hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius, celebrated for its eco-friendly tailpipe emissions. Yet, the Prius isn't alone. The prime targets are also the Honda Accord, CRV, Toyota Rav4, Highlander, Tacoma, Tundra, Sequoia, and other vehicles.

California remains a hotspot for such thefts, accounting for 37% of all related claims, translating to approximately 1,600 converters getting stolen monthly. But why are these particular car parts so sought after? The answer lies beneath our cars. Catalytic converters, essential for curbing harmful emissions, contain metals like platinum. The precious metals make them lucrative items on the black market, fetching over $1,000.

However, hope is still possible for vehicle owners. Companies like Cat Security™ have risen to the challenge. As pioneers in creating protective shields for catalytic converters, their products deter theft attempts, sending a clear message to potential thieves: "Think twice."

Ford F150 Expedition converter shield.

For those seeking protection and peace of mind, the Cat Security™ website offers a wealth of information, guiding users on how to shield their vehicles effectively.

In light of the recent news and ongoing trends, it's essential to remain informed and take proactive measures. Investing in protective solutions, such as those offered by Cat Security™, can be a game-changer.

In conclusion, while the theft of catalytic converters remains a significant concern, solutions are at hand. We can all play a part in curbing this epidemic by staying vigilant, informed, and taking action. Protect your vehicle and stand against theft.

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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in-depth Prius coverage from our reporter. 

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