October 18, 2022

Catalytic Converter Thefts are Turning Violent and Deadly

The 117th State of the Fleet Industry video produced by Automotive Fleet offers insights into the state of the fleet market as presented by AF Editor Mike Antich.

 

🎙Today's topics include:

  • More and more of these catalytic converter thefts are turning violent, and on at least three occasions, the vehicle owners were killed while the crime was in progress.
  • It is important to instruct employee drivers not to confront thieves who are attempting to steal catalytic converters from their fleet vehicles and instead to keep their distance and immediately call 911.
  • In 2018, there were 1,298 catalytic converter thefts. Three years later, in 2021, catalytic converter theft claims jumped to 14,433 incidents — a 325% increase in a single year.
  • Year to date, in calendar-year 2022 from January to September, more than 50,000 catalytic converters have been stolen from parked vehicles in the U.S.

 

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Timestamps 
0:00 Intro

0:40 Catalytic converter thefts are turning violent

3:20 Instruct employee drivers not to confront thieves attempting to steal catalytic converters

6:40 Catalytic converter theft statistics

7:30 Year to date catalytic converters thefts

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