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Catalytic converter thefts spike in Denver

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Waikoloa Tacoma, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. Jul 9, 2010 at 8:31 AM
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    Waikoloa Tacoma

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    Catalytic converter thefts spike in metro area

    Web Staff KDVR Denver
    12:57 PM MDT, July 8, 2010

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    AURORA - They can be gone in 60 seconds, costing car owners thousands of dollars in repairs. Law enforcement officials say more than 100 catalytic converters have been stolen from vehicles in metro Denver since the start of the year.

    According to the Colorado Information Analysis Center, a two-person team can remove a catalytic converter from a vehicle in less than a minute using an electric saw. Once stolen, thieves are likely selling the stolen catalytic converters to metal recycling facilities, salvage yards, or unknown third parties, officials said.

    Vehicles targeted for catalytic converter theft primarily include, but are not limited to, late-model Toyota Tacomas and Toyota 4-Runners, both of which sit higher off the ground, making the converters more accessible.

    The CIAC says the majority of catalytic converter thefts have occurred in public parking lots, such as grocery stores, RTD park-n-ride stations, employee lots, and other open areas.

    Protecting your vehicle is difficult, but not impossible. In some instances, cages or other fixtures can be installed around the catalytic converter. It is also possible to mark the converters with a traceable identifier, the CIAC said.

    Anyone who has information pertaining to this crime, or has been a victim of this crime, is urged to report the theft to local law enforcement agencies first and then to contact the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC) at 1-877-509-CIAC (2422) or via email at ciac@ciac.co.gov.
     
  2. Jul 9, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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    StandingCow

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    *sigh* Again, I ask, why can't people leave each other's stuff alone?
     
  3. Jul 9, 2010 at 8:38 AM
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    jdtemple

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    They really slowed this down out here in California. Only muffler shops can recycle them now, and they have to keep records of new installed cats vs recycled cats.
     
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