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Catalytic converter theft: Can a simple device keep it from being stolen?

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – An Oregon auto expert is sharing advice on how car owners can combat the wave of catalytic converter thefts that are driving motorists crazy.

Heather Ogawa, an automotive consultant with Affordable Tire in Portland, said she started noticing an uptick in stolen auto parts as soon as the pandemic began, in early spring 2020.

The catalytic converter from the Honda Element and Toyota Prius models was one of the first targets to be targeted, she said, but every car is in tight shape.

“Any car is a target because there is metal in every catalytic converter,” says Ogawa.

While a garage is the best form of protection, not everyone has the option of storing their vehicles in it.

For those drivers, Ogawa recommends investing in a catalytic converter protector.

“It’s worth it if you don’t have a garage,” she says. “We’ve had the same cars two or three times with stolen catalytic converters without people protecting them, ongoing insurance that pays off and insurance rates going up – and they can will encounter, at the expense of ongoing theft.”

Protective devices can cost up to several hundred dollars, but pale in comparison to alternatives; Replacing the entire catalytic converter can cost around $3,000.

Ogawa said the guards are not impenetrable, but they are a major obstacle to thieves.

“From what we can see, there can be a 95% to 100% success rate for drivers with catalytic converter guards,” she said. “It slows them down so much that even if they tried, you could catch them before it happens.”

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JACLYN DIAZ

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