Toyota Prius has been a prime target for catalytic converter theft. The problem, which is amounting to millions of dollars a month is finally catching the attention of law enforcement.
The converter theft in California has been so crazy that a Cap City Muffler made a protective shield called Cat Security™ to deter these low life criminals. Even though hundreds of guards are being installed every week, theft is still on the rise. It is so bad that on the west coast, it is spreading very quickly into larger cities such as Portland, Oregon.
Auto Dealer Security Camera Catches Crime In Action
Auto dealers and repair shops have been on point with watching out for these criminals, and one night it finally paid off. Alpine Motors in Portland was the dealer who caught two of the thieves trying to steal a converter off of a Honda CR-V that is slated to be sold on their car lot.
After a chase and getting the police involved, two thieves were brought in. The car that was pulled over had only one cat converter, but the thieves had all the proper equipment to make the job fast and get out quickly.
Portland Auto Shop Takes A Stand
Atomic Auto in Portland has been working with Cat Security™ Shield and installing them on every Prius they can get their hands on. The shield is a great theft deterrent, and it saves Prius owners thousands of dollars from potential theft.
This shop, along with a plethora of others have joined the fight to stop this epidemic that is starting to be more known worldwide.
If you have been a victim of catalytic converter theft, we would love to hear about it. Please drop me a line and tell me your story. I have been working closely with Cat Security™ to help inform every Prius owner possible to help make sure they are safe and secure.
Please take the time to share this message and also get the word out about catalytic converter theft. It needs to be stopped.
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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 is also an Instructor of Automotive Technology at Columbia Basin College. 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 reporters.