One of the most essential and valuable parts of your car is actually under the vehicle. Catalytic converters are key components of exhaust systems for cars and trucks, but because of their precious metal content, they are also attractive to thieves. Here are three ways to deter catalytic converter theft.
1. Weld the Converter
Performance catalytic converters can be fused to the vehicle’s frame, making it difficult for thieves to detach them. In cars with bolted-on converters, the bolts are first welded so that they cannot be loosened. Then, the rest of the metal is bonded to the exhaust system. Another option is to have metal bars welded onto your car. These bars are attached to the exhaust system and create a barrier to removing the converter.
2. Park Smart
Choose a parking spot that is close and in a well-lit area with security cameras. If you have an SUV or a truck, try to park between cars that are lower to the ground so that it is harder for thieves to get under your vehicle. Keep your car in a closed and locked garage at home and consider installing security cameras to monitor your garage, driveway and the surrounding area.
3. Install Protective Devices
One form of protection you can use is a tool that locks onto the converter. There are different models to fit all kinds of vehicles. Additionally, you can increase the sensitivity of your car alarm so that any vibration will set it off. Finally, you can have your license plate number or the vehicle identification number inscribed onto the catalytic converter. When scrap dealers see these numbers, they are alerted that the converter is stolen. Plus, identification on the converter will make it easier to contact you and return your converter.
Following these steps will reduce your chances of catalytic converter theft. Take some time to secure your vehicle now and save yourself time and money in the long run.