Catalytic Converter Theft is US Epidemic

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Thieves are cut­ting cat­alyt­ic con­ver­tors from vehi­cles to sell for $50 to $100 to scrap yards reclaim­ing plat­inum and pal­la­di­um. Repairs cost vic­tims $200-$1,000+. Devices to make theft more dif­fi­cult are avail­able for about $225+.

Background
Con­vert­ers have been stan­dard equip­ment since mid-1970s
Some new­er vehi­cles have up to 4 con­ver­tors