OP Police Warn About Catalytic Converter Thefts

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Authorities in Overland Park are warning the public about an increase in the number of catalytic converter thefts.

According to police, there have been 52 reports of catalytic converter thefts since May 1st. Authorities say that the majority of thefts have occurred in locations such as apartment complexes and commercial office parking lots.

Thieves target catalytic converters because they contain a small amount of platinum, which is often then sold to scrap dealers for cash. Police say that a thief can remove a catalytic converter from under a vehicle in under two minutes.

Police say that there are several steps you can take to prevent catalytic converter theft, starting with parking in a well-lit area, or close to the front entrance to buildings. Also, be aware of suspicious vehicles or people hanging out in parking lots.

In addition, Overland Park Police have the following suggestions:

  • At shopping centers and other similar parking lots, park close the entrance of the building, or near the access road where there’s a lot of traffic.
  • If you own or work at a business or factory, park within a fenced area that’s busy during the day and secured at night.
  • Engrave your license plate number on the converter to make it traceable. This can act as a catalytic converter theft deterrent and help with local police investigations.
  • Purchase a vehicle security system, and make sure it’s set to trigger with the slightest motion.
  • Visit a local muffler shop and have the converter secured to the vehicle’s frame with a couple of pieces of hardened steel welded to the frame.
  • Check out the different types of catalytic converter theft deterrent systems at your local auto parts store or on the Internet.

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