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jdc1

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Posted: 01/25/22 09:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A daughter's Prius cat (which has substantially more precious metals than any other cat) was stolen in a large center where she managed a Barnes and Noble. Daytime hours. $2,500 to replace, of which AAA paid $2,000. A week after the replacement, it was stolen AGAIN, in her driveway in Sacramento Ca. She gave up on the car, letting AAA pay her off.
I gave my 2007 Prius to a grand daughter in Phoenix. Two weeks later....YEP...Cat stolen in her apartment complex. My AAA insurance paid to replace that one. I installed a shield over it this time, at a cost of $300. They would need a grinder to get it this time.
Prius are the biggest targets here in California. But, recently, they have started going after other vehicles.
Gold is at $1,800/oz, Platinum $1,030/oz, Palladium $2,165/oz, Rhodium $16,800/oz.
Crime pays, I guess. I don't know how much Rhodium a cat uses, but......

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The problem is that our law makers have de-criminalized thefts like this and there aren't any consequences and often aren't any prosecutions for these crimes. Also it's fast and easy to cut them off. Plus it's too easy to sell them. Recycling yards pay $150 cash on the spot for a cat converter. Some of the precious metals in a converter is worth more than gold. It should be illegal to sell a cat without documentation such as vehicle VIN and drivers license/ID. Society is just too soft on crime these days.

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One of the things people are doing around here is wrapping them in barbed wire. Won’t. It won’t stop a determined thief but apparently it adds enough inconvenience to make them move on to an easier target.

Thieves will be targeting an ever shrinking number of potential cars as EV’s don’t have exhaust systems.

I would think motorhomes and trucks are easier targets as clearance and space to work is easier under them.

Stay safe out there.

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As Ava and Jax have said, in my area they stolen, not for resale as a unit, but for the metal, in particular the precious metal (platinum??) inside. The precious metal is taken out and then the remaining metal is discarded separately. There is a metal recycling company that pays XX$ a 100lbs. They don’t even look at it before going in the crusher.
It’s inconvenient and mildly expensive (with insurance) for most people, but can be VERY inconvenient and expensive for some. Last year a company in the area found out. 7 cube work vans, 7 missing catalytic converters missing Monday morning. 7+ employees without trucks to drive to the job sites unknown if they were paid) , 7 disappointed customers and the owner (and his insurance) with a $20000 repair bill.

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Recyclers in MD must have copy of valid ID to buy a converter. A friend has a recycle yard and has around 900 vehicles in there. He sells no parts just cuts off the cats and stacks the rest. Big money but not worth buying from the thieves.

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I was in MN last summer for several months. There was a billboard near me from a local pawn shop stating that they buy catalytic converters.


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MURPHY55347 wrote:

Can’t we get some laws past to prevent this???? Or better yet why don’t these people just get a job.


We have laws to prevent this. a couple of them. Grand theft and tampering with an automobile, both are felonies in most states.

And they have a job.. Stealing catalytic converters.


Your best defense is some trail cameras that photograph anything that moves.. also If the RV is in a storage lot even if the lot has a policy of "not responsible for theft" a good lawyer MIGHT be able to get past that and get you some compensation. It's also an insurance claim.

Oh and yes I was being sarcastic about them having a job.


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Reisender wrote:

One of the things people are doing around here is wrapping them in barbed wire. Won’t. It won’t stop a determined thief but apparently it adds enough inconvenience to make them move on to an easier target.

Thieves will be targeting an ever shrinking number of potential cars as EV’s don’t have exhaust systems.

I would think motorhomes and trucks are easier targets as clearance and space to work is easier under them.

Stay safe out there.


Better than barbed wire!! -
A guy I worked with told me a long ago solution to having his expensive hubcaps (Olds Fiestas) on his '50 Merc stolen. He lived in a 2nd story apt at the time, over his parking spot - no garage.

Epoxied razor blades to the wheel "behind" the hubcaps. Late one night he heard a scream! Went out to his parking spot, found a hubcap on the ground - along with many blood drops.

Knowing the story teller wasn't one to "embellish" - I had no doubt the story was true (and for sure his "style" of problem solving!).....but happened on something similar on one of the forums....

A farmer just outside a small, rural, town had an older Chevy pickup. He installed a nice AM/FM radio/combo with a built-in CD player.

Came out to his truck one morning,found a hole in his dash where the radio had been... plus the thief had cut any and all wiring under the dash that he thought went to the radio - for quick & easy removal.

Solution for the replacement: Wrapped the wiring with fishing line with *LOTS* of fishing hooks !!
Late one night (early morning?) he also heard yelling and lots of cussing - -saw a pair of legs sticking out the door of his truck.

Called the local sheriff - who came out, saw the situation.....and asked the farmer for a cup of coffee (they chatted for awhile inside the house) before working on removing the perp from his "entanglement" - prior to a ride to the local grey-bar.

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BTW - Razor wire -if you can find it would be a much better choice!

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Saw on tv last night where they caught a group that had stolen or had in their possession 6+ million $$ worth of converters in MO. So maybe they do investigate!

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^Heard that too. 1 down 1000 to go!
On the same note , if this keeps up the whole city of Seattle will be shut down before long. I-5 express lanes are now out of service for however long. Wire theft. Killed the elect and ITS systems for the express lanes.


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