Catalytic Converter Theft

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According to Shoot Summ's comment, Elements and Prius cars are targets. I doubt that they are very large vehicles.
impressed someone can get under a Prius. Bet they just have one cat. Geez, I had no idea this nonsense was going on.

From some pd in NC: “Catalytic Converter Thefts: We've had 45 reported catalytic converter thefts since January. Vehicles that have had the most thefts are: Toyota Prius, SUV's of all makes, Pick up Trucks of all makes, van's (mostly Honda), passenger cars (mostly Honda), 2 U-Haul trucks.”
 

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impressed someone can get under a Prius. Bet they just have one cat. Geez, I had no idea this nonsense was going on.

From some pd in NC: “Catalytic Converter Thefts: We've had 45 reported catalytic converter thefts since January. Vehicles that have had the most thefts are: Toyota Prius, SUV's of all makes, Pick up Trucks of all makes, van's (mostly Honda), passenger cars (mostly Honda), 2 U-Haul trucks.”
A lightweight low profile jack is going to raise a vehicle like a Prius in a heartbeat.
 

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as to laws yes here in OKC,u must show registration or title in your name,numbers on cats must be readable,,,and starting nov 1 ,, everyone selling copper at scrap yard must drive in a vehicle ,, no walk ins or bicycles,,,although a few places fudge a little on that,,i used to drive in for last 7 years(CU,steel .al ,everything) ,,till my truck broke down ,,now i bicycle in ,,they remember me well, and they know i live in a house ,and am not homeless, so i dont steal copper,,i did junk hauling,rental cleanouts,etc,, u come across everything.....and lots of stuff gets put at the curb in my neighbor hood,plenty of cu wire,,
 

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We caught a couple that had hit a few local dealerships. They'd black out in an adjacent parking lot, hubby hops out with jacks and a sawzall, wifey stayed in the truck with a big 'ol German Shepherd by her side, piloting a drone and keeping watch. 30 minutes would net them 5 or 6 converters, then they'd bail and hit another spot before leaving town. They'd mostly target pickups and U-Hauls.
 

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From MufflerTech (Sacramento, CA), the most popular vehicles with Cat thieves are below. Re Hondas, the most popular are Accords and Elements
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I looked at my cats on my F150 and they looked welded on. Definitely not an easy steal. I chanced my wife’s on her 2008 enclave and they were difficult to do. Well the rear one was. Someone would have to be really desperate and also have good knowledge to do it.
 

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I looked at my cats on my F150 and they looked welded on. Definitely not an easy steal. I chanced my wife’s on her 2008 enclave and they were difficult to do. Well the rear one was. Someone would have to be really desperate and also have good knowledge to do it.
Cats are normally welded into the system, but being welded or bolted doesn't really matter--the thieves are cutting them off.
 

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A sawzall and a good bimetal blade can cut the thin exhaust tube in about 3-5 seconds per cut. All they need is clearance for the saw and the blade.

I like the idea of the extra exhaust clamps and jb weld in the video posted early, that is a deterrent that would make the thief reconsider due to the extra time it would take to get around taking the clamps off. That being said, Milwaukee makes an 18 volt, 1/2” drive impact that generates 1400 ft lbs of torque. That impact would break the clamp bolts and it wouldn’t matter if the nuts were welded or not. But again, that’s a lot of noise and time that the thief doesn’t want to deal with.

Another idea I had is to weld rebar to the area that the thief would need to cut. Rebar is cheap and it wouldn’t take much time to weld a few small pieces to the exhaust. I don’t remember trying to cut rebar with a sawzall, but rebar is some hard material and it would likely dull the saw blade.
 
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