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Tips to protect your vehicle against catalytic converter theft as parts become harder to find in Hawaii – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-06-10 01:09:28 –

Honolulu (KHON2) — Theft of catalytic converters is a major problem in Hawaii.Recently, 7 converters Stolen from a city vehicle in Kapolei Hale..

KHON2 told an expert what you can do to prevent it from happening to you.

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The catalytic converter removes the toxic gas from the exhaust and the thief steals it due to the precious metals inside.

“Thieves already know which one is more valuable, but converters are worth everywhere between $ 125 and $ 500,” said Franklin Young, owner of K & Y Auto Services.

Young also states that catalytic converters have a backlog as new car supply is prioritized.

“When you call the aftermarket, all parts stores, no one has one, and even the dealer has a backlog,” Young said.

Sgt. Chris Kim of Honolulu Crime Stoppers says it only takes a few minutes to steal a converter. Thieves tend to work in pairs or groups, one acting as a watchman. He states that thieves could sell stolen devices to metal recyclers or third-party vendors.

“And sometimes we hear people actually steal catalytic converters and sell them to those who were victims when the catalytic converters were stolen,” Sgt said. Kim.

Regarding a recycling company, Schnitzer Steel said: “In Hawaii, due to Schnitzer Steel’s policies, procedures and controls, catalytic converters can only be purchased from licensed for-profit companies. Sellers are required to provide specific seller identification information. All for purchasing catalytic converters. Payment must be made by check. “

Congressman Jackson Sayama said earlier this year, lawmakers were working on measures to increase penalties and take additional protective measures to prevent the sale of stolen catalytic converters. He believes it died because the Senate had to prioritize in so many suggestions to deal with the pandemic. Until then, Sgt. Kim proposes to people to invest in alarm systems or other deterrents.

“In practice, there are different types of covers or cages that can be installed to protect that area,” Sgt said. Kim. “Honestly, our theory is that something is better than nothing, isn’t it?”

Other steps you can take include parking in bright and traveled areas and checking your car regularly.

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