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Tustin Police Department has noticed a rise in the theft of catalytic converters from vehicle exhaust systems. The most common vehicle types being targeted are Toyota Prius, Honda Element, and older model Honda Accords although trucks and SUV's have also been targeted due to the higher ground clearance, which allows for easier access underneath those vehicles.
The metals used in the manufacturing of the catalytic converters are valuable. Catalytic converters contain platinum, rhodium, and palladium. Thieves will steal and sell the converters to scrap yards for several hundred dollars per piece, depending on the size of the converter and the current rate on the metals inside. Meanwhile, it can cost you on average up to $2000 to replace a catalytic converter. The lack of the catalytic converter results in poor vehicle function and it is illegal to drive without one.
Catalytic Converter Theft & Prevention Flyer
For questions or more information, contact Police Services Officer Ismailova at 714-573-3396 or firstname.lastname@example.org.