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Protect Your Vehicle From Catalytic Converter Theft

Catalytic converter theft has become a chronic problem in Nova Scotia, with Halifax Regional Police and Nova Scotia RCMP reporting an increase in incidents. In Nova Scotia, the RCMP recently arrested a person concerning the theft of 90 catalytic converters. Here’s some helpful information on how to protect your vehicle from catalytic converter theft.


Why Catalytic Converters Are Valuable

Car manufacturers have been making cars with catalytic converters since the 1970s to lower emissions. Located between the engine and the muffler, it contains rare and valuable metals such as rhodium, platinum and palladium. A chemical reaction occurs when dangerous gases from your engine, such as nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide, pass over these metals. These poisonous gases are converted into less harmful gases like water vapour and carbon dioxide.

These rare metals are valuable, and their value has only increased during the pandemic and subsequent supply chain crunch. Thieves can sell a stolen catalytic converter for up to $200. They’re also easy to steal. A thief with a metal-cutting saw can remove a catalytic converter in less than 10 minutes.

You’ll only notice someone has stolen your car’s catalytic converter when you start it up. Your vehicle will make a loud roaring sound. It’s illegal to drive your car if it doesn’t have a catalytic converter, and it can cost thousands of dollars to replace.


Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention Tips

There are ways to make it more difficult for someone to steal your catalytic converter. Experts recommend the following:

  • Park in well-lit, high-traffic areas.

  • Park overnight in a garage or parkade equipped with security cameras

  • Weld your converter to the underside of your vehicle to make it difficult to remove.

  • Install special cages or clamps to fasten the converter to your vehicle.

Engraving your vehicle identification number (VIN) onto your catalytic converter will enable police to trace it back to your vehicle if it does get stolen. Some municipalities and police departments provide a free service, hosting events where vehicle owners can get their catalytic converters tagged. Encourage your local authorities to hold one of these events in your community.

Finally, ensure you have an adequate auto insurance policy that provides coverage for damage, vandalism and theft.


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