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California is a hotspot for catalytic converter theft. Will new laws make a difference?

Original post made on Oct 11, 2022

A disproportionate share of catalytic converter thefts happen in California. Here's what lawmakers are trying to do about it.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 1:48 PM

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Posted by Johnny Yuma
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 11, 2022 at 3:57 pm

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I’ve become disillusioned because criminals are not held accountable. Unless a “hammer” is brought down on them with significant force, stealing catalytic converters and/or killing people over catalytic converters will continue. This is just one example of many crimes that are overtaking our community, making streets unsafe for you and I.


Posted by ivg
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2022 at 4:53 pm

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"You can adjust your car's alarm, to make it more likely to go off if someone tries to get under the vehicle."

Please, don't install an audible alarm. All they do is annoy your neighbors.


Posted by Bernie Brightman
a resident of Whisman Station
on Oct 12, 2022 at 9:12 am

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These laws will do nothing. People are not reselling the converters. They're reselling the valuable elements inside them.


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 14, 2022 at 5:16 pm

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Had mine 'dropped' (similar to 'lifted'). Wish I had that VIN etched on that Prius part.
Many months to get replacement part. Got a protection plate (not covered by insurance)
Fingers crossed.


Posted by LongResident
a resident of another community
on Oct 15, 2022 at 2:26 pm

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Normal operating temperatures of a converter are 500-800°F, and up to 1200°F when the vehicle is under heavy load. To melt the catalytic converter's substrate, the temperature inside the converter would have to exceed 2000°F.

I'm thinking of some mechanism to heat up the converter when the car is off. It could be on a trigger so that it heats up when something is determined to be beneath the car, say for 10 minutes or so and then shuts off. Then the things would be too hot for the thieves to handle when stealing.

Should I patent this?


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