Bakersfield, CA (KGET) – In Bakersfield, catalytic converter theft has increased significantly this year. Replacing one can cost thousands of dollars, but there are some simple fixes to avoid wasting.
Catalytic converters don’t look flashy, but they are made of expensive precious metals like platinum.
“Costs range from hundreds of dollars to over $ 4,000, the worst ever,” said Roger Perry of G & G Auto Repair.
According to Perry, more and more people have recently said that their converters have been stolen. He blames the pandemic.
“It’s been happening for the last decade, but unfortunately people are absent from work, so I think they’re finding a creative way to make money, so it really went through the roof.” Perry said.
Perry wasn’t the only one to notice the surge in theft. Bakersfield police say they received 430 reports of stolen catalytic converters just this year. That’s three times last year, and we still have eight months.
Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Terry said:
Even the owner of G & G Auto Repair had the converter stolen from his yellow jeep.
“The owner drove the car and the night before, his catalytic converter was stolen from the front of his house,” Perry said. “So we immediately started looking at other ways to prevent it from happening.”
He found a company called Cat Security. We sell aluminum plates that cover the muffler under the car. This makes it difficult for a potential thief to disconnect the converter quickly.
“When you park in a large parking lot or in a shopping center in a square, look around,” said Terry. “And if you see something, say something.”
G & G Auto Repair and some car dealers are considering selling these guards for converters. The guards themselves will cost somewhere between $ 100 and $ 400.
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