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Catalytic converter theft: Can a simple piece of equipment keep it from being stolen?

1 month ago   |   By WGN TV

PORTLAND, Ore. - An auto expert in Oregon is sharing advice on how car owners can battle a wave of catalytic converter thefts that have been driving motorists crazy.
Heather Ogawa, an automotive advisor with Affordable Tire in Portland, said she started noticing an uptick in the stolen car parts just as the pandemic began, in the early spring of 2020.
Catalytic converters from Honda Element and Toyota Prius models were among the first targeted, she said, but every car is on the chopping block.
"Any car is a target because there's metal in every catalytic converter," Ogawa said.
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