Police Investigate Converter Thefts In Northwest Arkansas

Posted: December 23, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Fayetteville resident Valorie Jones started her Toyota 4Runner after leaving it in a parking lot overnight and heard a loud “roar.” “It was ridiculously loud,” she said. “It sounded as if my muffler was gone.”

At a Glance

To prevent catalytic converter theft, follow these tips:

Always park in well-lit areas.

At shopping centers and other similar parking lots, park close to the entrance of the building or near the access road where there’s a lot of traffic.

Park within a fenced area that’s busy during the day and secured at night.

Engrave the license plate number on the converter to make it traceable.

Purchase a vehicle security system and make sure it’s set to trigger with the slightest motion.

Visit a local muffler shop and have the converter secured to the vehicle’s frame with a couple of pieces of hardened steel welded to the frame.

Check out the different types of catalytic converter theft deterrent systems at local auto parts store or online.

Source: Nationwide Insurance

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