One parish is seeing an uptick in catalytic converter thefts

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PORT ALLEN, La. (BRPROUD) – Catalytic converter theft is on the rise in one local parish.

According to the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, there has been a “sudden increase in the number of catalytic converter thefts within the parish.”

This type of theft is hard to stop because it does not take long to pull off.

The tools that a thief will need to use can be bought at a hardware store.

So, why are thieves stealing catalytic converters?

WBRSO says, the catalytic converters are sold “to scrap yards and recyclers for anywhere from $100 to $150 or more per converter because of the precious metal contained inside of the unit.”

The West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is giving some tips on how to avoid being a victim of catalytic converter theft:

  • Park in secure parking areas
  • Find areas with surveillance or security
  • Park closer to high traffic pedestrian foot traffic

Following these tips could save you from an unwanted expense.

Finding catalytic converter thieves is challenging and the sheriff’s office explains one reason why below.

“It is hard to determine the exact vehicle the converter was removed from because the converters generally have numbers stamped on the converter identifying the vehicle manufacturer, but not unique to the vehicle, making tracking very difficult.”

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