Results for - Catalytic Converter Thefts

1,813 voters participated in this survey

1. The catalytic converter is a pollution control device that is part of a car's exhaust system. It became a standard feature on cars in the US in the 1970's. It is also a popular part for thieves to steal. Recently there was a rash of thefts reported in the West San Fernando Valley (an area northwest of downtown Los Angeles). Is catalytic converter theft a problem in your area?

Yes
10%
187 votes
No
64%
1,155 votes
Undecided
26%
471 votes

2. Catalytic converters contain precious metals which react with exhaust gases. These metals, along with the converter's external location and lack of serial number explain why catalytic converters such attractive targets for thieves. Did you know that catalytic converters contain the following precious metals?

Platinum
18%
333 votes
Palladium
9%
171 votes
Rhodium
7%
123 votes
None of the above
75%
1,360 votes

3. An experienced thief with the right tools can steal a catalytic converter in a minute or two. The stolen part can fetch from $40 to $200, while the unlucky owner has to pay upwards of $1000 to replace it. Do you know anyone who has had the catalytic converter stolen from his or her vehicle?

Yes
8%
143 votes
No
72%
1,311 votes
Undecided
20%
359 votes

4. Which to the following would you consider in order to deter catalytic converter theft?

Engraving your license number on the catalytic converter.
16%
290 votes
Installing an extremely sensitive car alarm.
17%
315 votes
Stripping or welding catalytic converter bolts.
12%
220 votes
Buying an aftermarket anti-theft kit ($150)
11%
199 votes
Buying an electric vehicle.
7%
129 votes
None of the above.
22%
406 votes
N/A
37%
677 votes
04/24/2015 News 1813 18 By: tg85

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