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Regulation goes into effect after 123 percent increase in catalyst thefts in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A new ordinance to crack down on theft and resale of catalytic converters now goes into effect across Houston this weekend.

City leaders unanimously approved the ordinance back in May to combat a 123 percent rise in catalytic converter thefts.

“People need to know that if you steal them, you’ll pay the price,” Mayor Turner said in a press release in May. “If you do, we will make you as uncomfortable as possible.”

People now have to prove ownership of a cut up catalytic converter if they want to sell it to a metal recycler.

Rules for auto repair shops selling the catalytic converter:

  • The seller of the catalytic converter must show the repairer’s receipt (company name, company address, company phone number, year, make, model and chassis number).
  • The metal recycler must verify that the repair facility is an actual business
  • A seller with a valid used auto parts recycling license issued by TDLR can sell catalytic converters from a repair shop to a metal recycler without a verifiable receipt

Rules for individual sellers:

  • Must show the year, make, model and VIN of the vehicle from which the catalytic converter was removed
  • Must provide a copy of the Certificate of Ownership or other ownership documents for the vehicle from which the catalytic converter was removed

Purchasing requirements for metal recyclers:

  • Must photograph all sides of the unit, get serial number and VIN
  • Required to retain and upload all information and photos to the Police Department’s online investigative system

Failure by someone to provide proof of possession of the cut up device could result in a felony charge for each catalytic converter.

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