A SUV's catalytic converter is being removed at a salvage yard. Catalytic converters reduce pollutants by oxidizing carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. Converters contain platinum or palladium which are recovered and recycled during the salvage process. This vehicle, will be crushed, shredded and melted into recycled steel.
A SUV's catalytic converter is being removed at a salvage yard. Catalytic converters reduce pollutants by oxidizing carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. Converters contain platinum or palladium which are recovered and recycled during the salvage process. This vehicle, will be crushed, shredded and melted into recycled steel.

Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise, not only in our community, but across the country. This type of theft is not a new crime, it has been around for many years, but comes and goes as the price of metal changes. The Beaumont Police Department would like to remind the public to be aware of this crime and consider taking simple precautions to safeguard your vehicles from this and other types of crime.

Trucks, SUVs and even Motorhomes are often targeted for catalytic converter theft due to their size and ease of access to the vehicle’s undercarriage. However, any vehicle can be a target. Parking lots, storage units, city streets and even driveways provide opportunity for potential targets.  As you can see in the video this type of theft can be done quickly and quietly. It may only net a thief a few bucks, but can cost vehicle owners thousands of dollars in repairs.

Here are some tips to help keep your vehicle secure:

  • Park in a secured garage when possible or park in well-lit, observable areas. In parking lots, choose spaces close to building entrances or access roads.
  • Install motion lights to illuminate driveways used for parking.
  • Consider adding security cameras to oversee driveways and adjacent on-street parking areas.
  • Engrave the vehicle vin number onto the catalytic converter.  This will make it easier to track if stolen.
  • If you store a vehicle or motorhome in a storage lot, be sure to regularly check it for any theft or damage.
  • Research catalytic converter anti-theft devices and weigh the pros/cons of having one installed.

Help us to deter this and other crimes. Be alert and aware while in parking lots, on roadways and in your neighborhood.  Report suspicious activity by calling the our non-emergency number at 951-769-8500.

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