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Catalytic Converter Theft: One More Thing To Keep You Up At Night

Posted in Car Care, car modifications, Mechanics, Newsworthy, Police, Safety by Kurt Ernst | November 12th, 2010 | 7 Responses |

Stolen catalytic converters. Photo: KSL

If you drive a lowered MX-5, chances are good you don’t have to worry about getting your catalytic converter stolen. Drive an SUV, on the other hand, and it’s something you may want to think about. All it takes is a tweaker with a battery-powered Sawz-all, and your platinum-rich catalyst can be gone in a few minutes, even if your car is safely parked in your driveway. He gets up to $300 from a metal recycler or scrap yard, and you get a bill from your dealership that ranges from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

A Phoenix company called Monat Technologies has the solution: for prices ranging from $99 to $119 , they’ll sell you the Catlock or Catlock 2, a locking collar for your catalytic converter. Bolt it on and secure the included high strength cable around your vehicles frame, and you’re done. To steal your catalyst, a thief either has to remove the steel plate from the catalyst, cut the steel cable or saw through your frame. In other words, he’ll go find another SUV to pillage.

Whether or not it’s worth the price is up to your individual situation. If you frequently park your SUV in front of a crack house, I’d give it some serious consideration (or hang out with a new group of friends). On the other hand, the Catlock does nothing to prevent wheel theft, smash and grab robberies or car theft, so parking in a poorly lit area on the wrong side of the tracks is eventually going to lead to grief anyway. I’ll pass, but if you’re the paranoid type you may want to consider a Catlock.

Source: DUB Daily

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7 Responses

  1. Hal (RSA) says:

    Yes, this is a serious problem for vehicle owners to deal with in part it’s because platinum, used in the catalytic converters is running so high per ounce right now. Something like $1,700.00 right now. That Catlock looks pretty interesting and if I can certainly see an advantage to it if you live in an area where scrap metal theft is a big problem. Here in St Petersburg, FL, it has been a problem with the biggest theft being air conditioning tubing.

  2. Snippy Sam says:

    …chances are if the theif has a battery powered sawz-all, he probably also have something in his tool bag to cut some measly steel cable….

  3. Wish someone would steal the cat off my car. Just think of the extra power!!

    Kidding.

  4. Greg says:

    So all the thief has to do is use the sawzall to cut the eyebolts after he cuts the exhaust tubing?

  5. eddie_357 says:

    if someone stole my cat he would get a empty one because i busted all the insides out with a piece of rebarb steel!

  6. eddie_357 says:

    I cry FAIL!