CORAL SPRINGS, FL – In cities across the nation, the thefts of catalytic converters from cars and trucks have risen in recent months.
Coral Springs has had thefts, too.
According to figures released this week by Coral Springs police, officers have investigated 11 cases since October, including those connected to a father-and-son team arrested last month after alleged thefts at a city industrial park.
For experienced crooks, it’s often a quick and easy job to steal a catalytic converter, part of a vehicle’s exhaust system that helps reduce the production of dangerous gases and contains precious metals such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium.
The price per ounce of those metals has spiked during the pandemic – and that’s the opportunity for thieves.
According to Edmunds, thieves can sell catalytic converters to recyclers for up to $250 each.
In a matter of minutes, criminals can slide underneath a car or truck and cut off the converter from the exhaust, which can cost $1,000 to $3,000 to repair.
TAPinto Coral Springs couldn’t get access to all the police reports in the 11 cases, and it couldn’t be determined what kinds of cars or trucks were most targeted in Coral Springs.
In the recent arrest on March 30, David Cossio Gonzalez, 54, and David Cossio Jr., 23, were accused of stealing catalytic converters from three box trucks at the industrial park.
Police spotted them in their Honda CR-V as drove into the complex and parked next to cargo trucks of closed businesses.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, there are ways to protect your vehicle from such theft.
- Install a catalytic converter anti-theft device.
- Park fleet vehicles in an enclosed and secured area that is well lit, locked, and alarmed.
- Park personal vehicles in a garage.
- Call local law enforcement and your insurer should you become the victim of a catalytic converter theft.
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