04 May 2008

Catalytic Converter Notice

I got this notice via the blockwatch group. My question, how do you know your catalytic converter has been stolen? Will there be muffler parts laying on the ground arouns your car?
In the event the catalytic converter is taken off your car
please do not move the car. Immediately call the police to
report the incident and they will dust the car for
fingerprints. The Cincinnati Police can be reached at
513.765.1212. If the police are not immediately available
to respond, please leave a contact number and your location
with the police dispatcher, for follow up investigation.


Mark Miller said...

You'll know it when you start the car. Converter is between the engine and muffler. Without it, exhaust never makes it to the muffler. It will be so incredibly loud that all your neighbors will know it too.

Chris S said...

Absolutely. What I am curious about is why they are being stolen. The only thing I can think of is for metal recycling because they are not a valuable used part. (Most reputable shops will not install a used cat)

Jimmy_James said...

^ I can't remember which metal/alloy it is, but something used in the catalytic converter is fairly valuable right now. It's sort of like copper pipes getting stolen. There's nothing valuable about the pipe, it's the fact that it's made of copper that makes it a target.

hellogerard said...

Happened to my neighbor in Walnut Hills. You'll know it when you start your car because it will sound like a motorcycle.

The platinum in them makes them valuable. It probably only takes 5-10 mins. to cut out, and then they can be sold to an unscrupulous junk yard as scrap for $40-$50. (You'd think there wouldn't be very many of these around.) Of course, it will cost the owner hundreds to get a new one replaced, but they don't think of that.

5chw4r7z said...

The cops will dust for finger prints?
I'll believe that when I see it.
They'll most likely take the report over the phone and you'll never see an actual police officer.

CityKin said...

^that was my thoughts exactly.

Anonymous said...

I had a chuckle when I read the claim that CPD would dust for fingerprints. yeah, right.