LAPD Community Alert – Catalytic Converters

This is an LAPD community alert regarding thieves targeting catalytic converters. A catalytic converter is a vehicle emissions control device that converts toxic pollutants in exhaust gas to less toxic pollutants, by catalyzing a redox reaction (oxidation of reduction). Catalytic converters are used in internal combustion engines fueled by either petrol (gasoline) or diesel-including lean burn engines.

Because of the external location and the use of valuable precious metals including platinum, palladium, rhodium, and gold, converters are a target for thieves. The problem is especially common among the following vehicles, Honda, Acura, Toyota and Lexus trucks and SUVs because of their high ground clearance and easily removed bolt-on catalytic converters. Theft removal of the converter can often inadvertently damage the car’s wiring or fuel line resulting in dangerous consequences. Rises in metal costs in the U.S. during recent years have led to a large increase in theft incidents of the converter, which can cost well over $1,000. to replace.

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