beware of catalytic converter robbery

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  1. curious25

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    Hello fellow LPSG members,

    I just wanted to send a warning to all of us who drive:

    This is an article from a Minneapolis newspaper:

    Man caught trying to cut catalytic converter from vehicle, sheriff says

    The catalytic coneverter is part of the exhaust system in a car. It can help filter impurities coming from the engine, but it also has a fair amount of valuable metals such as platinum. The market value for these metals has risen recently, and with this, so has the number of incidents of CC robbery. People will use saws to remove these parts.

    Why the fuss? It happened to me last night. $225 later, I have a new CC and some piping (which was damaged by the vandals).

    Keep your eyes peeled.

    Sincerely,

    curious25
     
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    damn people are getting desperate. Next they'll be running away with my engine.
     
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    I have heard of this, some people are out to get money anyway they can. I guess actually getting a job and working for is out of the question.
     
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    There is a serious rash of air conditioner robberies in Houston lately.
    Seems the perps will wait until the business closes, get on the roof where the units are, and gut them for all the metals and copper, (or just take the whole units) then sell them at scrapyards that pay big $$ for those things.

    There are now police posted at all those yards and if you show up with a questionable item (like an A/C unit), you better have PLENTY of ID, and a damn good excuse where you got whatever it is your bringing. Plus, they'll run your background right on the spot. If they clear you, then the sale is yours. If not, you're toast, no other questions asked, and you better have a damn good lawyer as the judges (from what I hear) are no longer amused.
     
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    Sorry to hear that, it must be frustrating and expensive. Thanks for the heads up.

    I heard there are 10,000 vacant houses in the Clevland area that are stripped of all of their copper. I hate theives.
     
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    Yes, the unseen hand of the free market working its magic. Isn't capitalism great?
     
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    Thanks for the reminder.

    This has been going on since catalytic converters were first being installed in cars, way back in 1975 0r 76, and people started finding out that the converters contain platinum salt pellets. I think thieves finally figure out that it tends to be more work than financial return. Getting one out is not easy (and yes, a mangled exhaust pipe is usually the result), and there are limited places to sell them - not like taking a sound system to a pawn shop.

    But unfortunately, these low-life scumbags will continue to steal them.
     
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    Try socialism for a while, and you'll find out...
     
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    That's cute. alot of work, alot of risk for a little platinum, that's IF the Cats haven't melted down into a puddle of goo on the inside.

    To think i just cut these out and threw them away...sheesh...

    Cat converters are not needed if your vehicle is over 80K miles. It's Legal to omit them. (At least in MI).
    What they do, is burn up excess emissions being put out by the engine. The core, which looks like a honeycomb gets very hot from passing exhaust gasses. Think of it like a mini incinerator for any excess gas, carbon, and high emissions. The idea is to burn up any crap before it gets out into the environment.
    Over time, the honeycomb may melt down and cause a clog which would restrict exhaust gas and result in poor performance.
    The cheap fix - cut the exhaust pipe on the outlet side, stick a broom handle or drill in the opening, and punch it out.
    The expensive fix - have an exhaust shop replace it.
    (again, if its legal in your state and your over 80K miles, just have them put a straight pipe in)

    There was a rash of people here loosing the siding on their homes.
    Since it was aluminum, they were cashing in big.
    Up north of where I am, there is a "junkyard" full of trailer skeletons.
    Someone gathered up every old trailer they could haul, and then stripped them of the metals.

    We also have people that scan the curbside looking for anything with weight to cash in.
    Whatever they can Grab.
     
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    Thanks bud. Im pretty sure theyre required here in Indiana, but Im not sure.

    Hope youre doing well!
     
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