'Significant increase' in catalytic converter thefts leaving more drivers out of pocket

03 Décembre, 2020, 17:54 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Police are appealing for information

The business discovered catalytic converters had been stolen from three of its trucks last Wednesday.

Police said 79 catalytic converters have been stolen since September 1, a almost 50 per cent jump from all such thefts in 2019. Replacing a catalytic converter costs up to $2,000.

Thieves are targeting vehicles in parking lots, with the most thefts reported downtown, along Highbury Avenue between Oxford and Brydges streets, and in the area of Adelaide Street South and Commissioners Road East, police said. "If you are missing your converter, you will hear a loud roaring or rumbling sound when you turn on your vehicle". The catalytic converter is a round canister that connects the piping in the exhaust.

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The catalytic converter contains valuable metals and is part of a vehicle's exhaust system.

Police are reminding drivers to park in garages, well-lit areas, or close to a building entrance or road whenever possible. They also recommend installing lighting and security cameras outside your home.

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