With catalytic converter thefts on the rise, taking preventive action is the best way to avoid becoming a target. Here are some tips on ways to prevent theft:
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- Install an anti-theft device, such as steel plates that protect the underside of a vehicle or steel cable cages that make removal more difficult. Installing an alarm or a bright motion sensor light can also deter a thief.
- Park in secure areas, including locked garages, well-lit enclosed lots or well-lit streets with plenty of traffic.
- Get the device etched with the vehicle’s identification number or license plate number.
- Paint the catalytic converter with a high-temperature, fluorescent automotive exhaust spray paint to create a visible deterrent to alert thieves to move on. Paint can also signal law enforcement and recyclers to look for an etched number or identification marks.
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