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Leymenaide

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This s a real problem around here. Stealing converters not getting killed doing it. Does this go on everywhere?
 
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nakedfrog

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Yep, people are stealing them here too, on the other side of the country.

But we don't know if a Darwin award is merited, since we don't know if the flat fella reproduced.
 

dank69

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This s a real problem around here. Stealing converters not getting killed doing it. Does this go on everywhere?
People have been stealing them from our parking lot at work in broad daylight. My mechanic told me not to drop off my car the night before I get maintenance anymore because he's had 3 stolen from his lot this month.
 
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compuwiz1

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Apparently our airport is a catalytic converter farm and the thieves go there for harvesting. The problem is huge and unfortunately, it doesn't always end well for the victim. The parts take forever to get and install so the owner is out a car for potentially several weeks to months. I also wonder what kind of an insurance nightmare it is getting it covered?

 

woolfe9998

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Had my cc stolen last year. Over night. Apparently these guys got the cc's from 5 different Prius which were in my neighborhood. However, a neighbor had seen something suspicious in the middle of the night and called the police. The cops chased them down and found all the cc's in the back of their trucks.

Apparently Prius cc's have gold inside of them, sell for a lot of $$.
 

tweaker2

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Same problem here in Hawaii. My neighborhood association website that reports crimes in the neighborhood mentions stealing cat converters on a regular basis. I'm sure it's an island-wide issue. Authorities are more closely monitoring scrap yards as a result.

We used to have copper cabling ripped out of municipal power lines quite often until the perps who organized these thefts were finally apprehended.
 

hal2kilo

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Had my cc stolen last year. Over night. Apparently these guys got the cc's from 5 different Prius which were in my neighborhood. However, a neighbor had seen something suspicious in the middle of the night and called the police. The cops chased them down and found all the cc's in the back of their trucks.

Apparently Prius cc's have gold inside of them, sell for a lot of $$.
Sorry, no gold (not a catalyst). Palladium ($1845 per ounce), Platinum ($1042 per ounce), Rhodium ($12.200 per ounce). Only the platinum is cheaper than gold. Rhodium is very rare and also used for electrical contacts, jewelry and high temperature windings , palladium has interesting properties for a new source of energy related to LENR (aka cold fusion), among other uses. They are all in the platinum family of elements and used extensively in the petrochemical industry.
Total amounts of catalyst in the converter averages between 6 to 2 grams (don't know the ratios). They are imbedded in a ceramic matrix specifically designed to create the most surface area possible to expose the catalyst to the exhaust gases.
 
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MtnMan

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Had my cc stolen last year. Over night. Apparently these guys got the cc's from 5 different Prius which were in my neighborhood. However, a neighbor had seen something suspicious in the middle of the night and called the police. The cops chased them down and found all the cc's in the back of their trucks.

Apparently Prius cc's have gold inside of them, sell for a lot of $$.
I think the Prius is also targeted because they are easy to remove from them. I saw a recommendation for Prius owners to back into spots that had the concrete block found in many parking lots, as it leaves no room for the crook to get at the cc.
 

esquared

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I think the Prius is also targeted because they are easy to remove from them. I saw a recommendation for Prius owners to back into spots that had the concrete block found in many parking lots, as it leaves no room for the crook to get at the cc.
In my condo complex, thieves hit six Prius (s) on one night last fall. From our parking lot cameras they got all six cars in 30 minutes in the night. We could see the car involved but they have crappy night vision to actually pick up a license plate number.
Yeah apparently they are one of the easiest cars to remove the catalytic converter.
 

hal2kilo

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I think the Prius is also targeted because they are easy to remove from them. I saw a recommendation for Prius owners to back into spots that had the concrete block found in many parking lots, as it leaves no room for the crook to get at the cc.
Seems the Prius cat is kind of special.

Catalytic converter thieves are targeting the 2004-2009 Toyota Prius (autoblog.com)

The Highway Loss Data Institute explains that the catalytic converter installed on this version of the hatchback is built with more precious metals than the one found on, say, a Land Cruiser because it doesn't get as hot since the engine isn't always running. The price of metals like platinum, rhodium, and palladium is going up, so the number of thefts are on the upswing as well.

I love science.
 

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