Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise in Watsonville. Since the beginning of the year, we have received nearly a dozen reports. Every single one of these thefts occurred overnight.
Thieves target catalytic converters because they contain metals that are more valuable than gold. They are then able to turn around and sell the parts for cash.
Here are a few steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of having your catalytic converter stolen:
Park in well-lit areas and close to building entrances, when possible.
Have a mechanic weld the catalytic converter to your car’s frame, making it harder to steal.
Park your car inside your garage and keep all garage doors shut and locked.
Set your car’s alarm to go off when it detects vibration.
Engrave your vehicle identification number (VIN) on the catalytic converter — a scrap dealer might be alerted that it was stolen and this makes it easier to identify the owner.
It is important that residents report suspicious activity in progress to 831-471-1151.