LBPD urges residents to protect their vehicles from parts theft

The Long Beach Police Department is asking all drivers to protect their cars. According to a press release, there has been an increase in the theft of catalytic converters from parked vehicles, which are essential for proper function of a vehicle’s emission controls.
The theft of a catalytic converter may render a vehicle inoperable and, once removed, severe engine damage can result if the vehicle is driven. The cost for replacement parts vary by manufacturer, size, content and design, but a victim can expect a repair bill to range from $500 to $2,000 plus the price of labor and towing.
This crime is fueled by the demand for the various composition materials used to manufacture the converters. These materials are made from various metals, which are quite expensive and the demand is increasing.
All vehicles are at risk, but SUV models are specifically being targeted due to their sufficient ground clearance, enabling a thief to crawl underneath to access the part. Further, this vehicle type has a bolt-on style of converter, as opposed to those where the exhaust system has been constructed with welds. Prime targets are Toyota brand SUVs and pick-up trucks.
LBPD advises potential victims to lower their risk of theft by collapsing the threads of the bolt so it cannot be unscrewed and spot-welding the bolt at a muffler or metal shop.
For more information, call (562) 570-7362.

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