Scrap Metal Theft on the Rise: Keep an Eye on Your Car

July 27, 2009 at 12:53 pm 1 comment

Scrap metal theft has been on the rise for a while now; criminals find it easy to pilfer construction sites and residential homes for copper tubing and other metals that will fetch a nice price at the scrap yard. But now there is a trend that you may not have been aware of. Now thieves are targeting your car’s catalytic converter. The catalytic converter is made up of platinum, palladium, and rhodium, which can be sold for anywhere between $200 and $1000 an ounce. That’s easy pickings for a criminal who knows their way around a car and has a spare couple of minutes.

It’s always a good idea to keep your car in a garage when you can. But if you cannot, be vigilant and safe.


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  • 1. CatClamp  |  July 29, 2009 at 7:01 am

    The CatClamp (Patent-Pending), created by American Welding Inc, places a catalytic converter in a theft-proof cage made of aircraft cable. That’s a heavy duty solution, and only carries a price tag of around $150. Compare that to a $2000 repair bill for having your catalytic converter stolen. You can reach CatClamp at 419.478.1313 or on the web at


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