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]