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Posted on: June 13, 2022

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF ADVISES OF UPTICK IN CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS

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Catalytic converter thefts are increasing nationwide and Franklin County, like other local jurisdictions, is seeing this increase. Catalytic converters contain platinum, rhodium, and palladium. The price of these metals has increased in the past few years, and this is causing the increase in catalytic converter theft within the county. It can cost thousands of dollars to replace stolen catalytic converters. If your catalytic converter has been stolen, you will notice a loud rumbling noise as soon as you turn on the vehicle, and the sound will get louder as you hit the gas. If you have been a victim of theft, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 540-483-3000.
Preventing Catalytic Converter thefts
• Try to park your car in a garage, well-lit area, or close to the house
• Install motion sensitive lights near your parked vehicle
• Anti-theft devices 
• Avoid leaving your car unattended for long periods of time

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