Catalytic Converter Thefts On The Rise In Berea

It's a growing problem that has police and many car owners in Berea fed up.

Police say they're seeing an alarming increase in the number of catalytic converter thefts stolen from cars.

Officials say thieves steal the converters for valuable metals such as platinum and rhodium.

Berea Police say the number of thefts have doubled in their city within the past month. Now, they want state lawmakers to address the problem.

Police are stepping up patrols and encouraging car owners to take precautions.

They suggest parking your cars in well lit areas, especially those you don't drive as much.

Police also hope to gain the support of those buying catalytic converters.

Many who steal them sell them to junk yard operators. Police say those operators could help by buying converters only from vendors.

Right now, Kentucky does not have any laws restricting anyone from selling catalytic converters.

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  • by DC Location: Hazard on Jan 2, 2008 at 10:59 AM
    It is only going to take basic fundamental police work to fix this. Just ask the junk yard operator if he would like to supply the name and/or license plate number(s) of the people bringing in these converters, or if he would like to be charged with buying stolen property. The legislature can not be substituted for basic police work. Let's go, guys! Throw down those doughnuts, and chase a bad guy!
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 2, 2008 at 09:38 AM
    Let's pass a law that says stealing is illegal. That shud do it.
  • by Guarding my cars Location: Guess on Jan 1, 2008 at 08:11 PM
    If this state ever passes a law which will require all autos to pass the emmisions test...WE WILL BE SCREWED. Just think about all of the cars and trucks that would not pass due to these converter stealing idiots, not to mention everybody driving around with the big tires,lift kits,loud exhaust and tinted windows.


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