Fellow Lower Mainland BC'ers beware!
(Sorry if this should have maybe been posted in a BC/Canada/regional forum)
I had never even heard of this before. I would assume they're "harvesting" the platinum inside them?
Catalytic converter theft costing thousands in Langley
Sonia Sunger, Global News : Friday, January 11, 2013 9:23 PM
People who own pickup trucks on the Lower Mainland, especially Dodge pickups with diesel engines
are being warned about an expensive theft.
Thieves are stealing the catalytic converters and they're stealing a lot of them. They're very expensive to replace, worth about $5,000 each. It's a trend first noticed in the Edmonton area last year, where so many of the anti-pollution devices were stolen that drivers often had to wait months to get their vehicles repaired.
The thefts have taken a toll on Willowbrook Dodge, just off the Langley Bypass. In one night they had a dozen of their trucks targeted. The cost to this dealership is high, the bill to repair all 12 trucks is more than $45,000. Once you repair the wiring and the sensors it’s about $8,000.
The catalytic converter is a part of the exhaust system that turns pollutants into less harmful emissions and it has become a hot commodity. Langley RCMP say 40
catalytic converters have been stolen from car dealerships and repair shops in the last two weeks. To make matters worse, the part is back-ordered, meaning it can take months to replace. The thefts have mainly been from large pick-ups, in particular Dodge 2500, and 3500 diesel trucks
Langley RCMP have several units working on the case and ask the public to report any suspicious behaviour.
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