So, what are the most targeted vehicles for car theft in Florida? Well, there is one item on these cars that is being stolen and thieves want their hands on it. The catalytic converter is being targeted now more than ever. It contains precious metals and those metals are getting more expensive. The report come from CARFAX, who put together a list of the top vehicles for car theft in Florida.

So, what is a catalytic converter? CARFAX says, “Catalytic converters are a key component of a car’s emissions control system, reducing the amount of pollution coming out of the tailpipe. They transform hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides – the bad stuff – into oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide.” Inside the catalytic converter there are precious metals like: palladium, rhodium, and platinum.

Catalytic converters have been on cars since 1975. Electric cars don’t have them because they don’t have an exhaust system. It also doesn’t take long to remove it. A small saw can remove it in less than 60 seconds.

How to prevent thieves from stealing it? Experts say to buy a catalytic converter anti-theft device. It is a metal plate that shops can add on to your car. You can also get your VIN number engraved on the converter. That makes it much tougher for the thief to sell it.

Check out the top cars that are being stolen below.

[SOURCE: ABC Action News]

  • Ford F Series truck

    The F-150 is the most popular vehicle in history. It also comes in #1 on the list.

  • Honda Accord

    It is America’s second most sold mid-size sedan in terms of popularity. It is only behind the Toyota Camry.

  • Toyota Prius

    The Prius is a hybrid and thieves are targeting those vehicles more. They contain more of the precious metals.

  • Honda CR-V

    The crossover has been produced by Honda since 1995.

  • Ford Explorer

    The Explorer was introduced in 1991, but they can thank Jurassic Park for taking it to the next level. It was the vehicle featured on the tour they go on in the movie.

  • Ford Econoline

    The Econoline is a full size fan that has been around for over 60 years.

  • Chevy Equinox

    Chevy announced an EV of the Equinox, but the gas powered version is on this list.

  • Chevy Silverado

    The signature truck for Chevy. Thieves like this truck also.

  • Toyota Tacoma

    First released in 1995. It has been named <em>Motor Trend</em>’s Truck of the Year before.

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