Sheriff Issues Warning About Catalytic Converter Thefts


Residents are being warned of yet another spike in catalytic converter thefts. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says in the last 90 days, about a dozen reports of catalytic converter thefts were received from San Marcos alone. The part is easily accessed under cars, and can be snatched in just a few minutes. Thieves used to get about $800 for each converter, but now, officials say that's jumped to more than $1,000 each. For the car owner, a lost converter can cost around $4,500 dollars to replace. The Sheriff's Department is continuing to host "VIN" etching events, as well as introducing newer safety measures like specialized alarms or shields.


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