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Aggregate sites targeted for catalytic converter thefts

January 16, 2023 at 2:05 PM

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January 16, 2023

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Members should be aware that multiple sites have been targeted by thieves looking for catalytic converters.

In at least two separate locations, on-site equipment has been used to flip trucks to make it easier for thieves to remove the converters – which contain precious metals.

There are three precious metals found inside catalytic converters: palladium, platinum and rhodium. After cutting a converter out of a vehicle, thieves can sell it on the scrap metal market.  The value of some of these metals is more than double that of gold say police.

OPP is investigating the incidents, but members are encouraged to park vehicles in well-lit areas and to report any suspicious activity found on surveillance video to the police.

Other suggestions include etching a registration number onto the converters which police say may deter thieves from taking that part.

It should be noted that these thefts are not just at aggregate sites – but are increasing at parking lots, on residential streets and go-train stations.

If you have any questions/comments, please don’t hesitate to contact Norm Cheesman.