‘Hopefully, it keeps them away’: Rise in catalytic converter thefts points to use of anti-theft devices

(Update: Introducing movie, comments from Bend vehicle shop, theft victim)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise, as burglars can slash a catalytic converter from beneath a car in minutes and sell what’s inside for hundreds of dollars. But there is a way to protect the converter from thieves — an anti-theft device.

Catalytic converters are installed beneath the automobile to improve the hazardous compounds from an engine’s emissions into risk-free gases, like steam, and are produced from cherished metals. For robbers, it takes only a pair of minutes to clear away a person. The undercarriage tools can be worth hundreds of dollars.

Casey Currier, an Import Effectiveness Assistance Advisor, explained Friday the value of a catalytic converter theft gadget relies upon on the vehicle, but commonly ranges from $350 to $450.

Currier explained anti-theft devices are custom-produced for distinct kinds of autos. The Import Overall performance Vehicle Maintenance Store works by using a sheet-metal edition.

“Basically, they are like a skid plate that goes beneath the car,” Currier claimed. “All those vehicles are somewhat – a large amount of them are a whole lot decreased to the ground. It just acts as skid protect go over-up plates, so it makes the catalytic converter tough to entry.”

It will take an hour or two to install the sheet steel. Currier stated the firm installs about a dozen a 12 months.

I also spoke to a theft sufferer who recently had a catalytic converter stolen.

Tammy Rundle said, “It was the Developing Tree van, and it’s parked in our parking lot — has been for 24 decades, never ever experienced just about anything take place. Went to get the van all set to consider the children swimming … past week. I started the engine up, and it sounded like a diesel truck on steroids. We looked underneath the van and noticed a fantastic significant piece of the catalytic converter minimize out.”

 Rundle discussed how speedy it is for folks to steal.

“They instructed me that it will take about a few minutes with a hacksaw to minimize the catalytic converter out, so it’s swift and effortless and they are off,” she reported. “This (anti-theft machine) at the very least deters them, and it would choose them that a great deal for a longer period to be able to get it. Hopefully, it keeps them absent.”

If you will not have an anti-theft device, Currier implies that you park your auto in a well-lit region all over a lot more website traffic and persons — or better nonetheless, in a garage, if probable.

 The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office environment explained to me it taken care of three stolen catalytic converter circumstances in all of last calendar year, but currently has dealt with the very same quantity this yr.