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    Acquaintances in Vancouver had theirs stolen in a busy Fred Meyer parking lot while they were shopping a week or so ago, so I'm guessing removing them isn't difficult or time-consuming.

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    People can find bulk buyers of catalytic converters right on Facebook Marketplace. Sad. Happening around our city and they are hitting buses like those for churches and non profits. Got a lot of Ring and other security camera pictures and videos of the thieves. But hard to catch them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jane v2.0 View Post
    Acquaintances in Vancouver had theirs stolen in a busy Fred Meyer parking lot while they were shopping a week or so ago, so I'm guessing removing them isn't difficult or time-consuming.
    Busy parking lot. Daytime. You see someone in dirty overalls doing something underneath a car. What percentage of the population would think "He's probably stealing something" vs "He's a mechanic fixing someone's car."

    Related: Pickup truck tailgates are easy to steal because they are intentionally made to come off easy for convenience.


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    The topper is that almost all of these easily-removed items get sold for scrap (recycling) rather than filling in the used-auto-parts supply line (reuse).

    Converter theft is a thing around the Twin Cities, too, including the suburbs. To some extent it's even easier in the suburbs because there are fewer people out and about and those Ring doorbell cameras can only see so far. The difficult part is finding a suburb or HOA that actually lets people park on the street.
    Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. - Booker T. Washington

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    People in your Nextdoor IL are crazy. Their thinking is bizarre. So the thieves were stupid and came back the next day and were caught.

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    Thatís a big problem in the Chicago area as well - catalytic converter theft.

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    I asked my dealership about it and they don't sell a cage. They said a Sawzalle is very loud and you would hear it if someone were trying to strip your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yppej View Post
    I asked my dealership about it and they don't sell a cage. They said a Sawzalle is very loud and you would hear it if someone were trying to strip your car.
    Half truth.
    Yes, a Sawzall (brand name of reciprocating saw, like Kleenax) is loud. That is NOT what they are generally using. They use tail pipe cutters (similar to a plumbers chain, drain waste pipe cutter), a pipe cutter (plumbing, fencing tool), a battery powered angle grinder (quicker then a reciprocating saw), or an oscillating multitool (what my LEO relative said was common, quick and quiet).

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    So the plumber suggested a liquid dispenser for a third empty hole at the base of the kitchen sink and I figured sure it will look better than a bottle of dish detergent covering up the hole where decades ago one of those old sprayers was.

    So it is something like this but a higher quality brand:

    https://www.amazon.com/Avola-Kitchen...49398333&psc=1

    The dish detergent oozes out onto it. It comes from the top where it goes up to get into the pump and lands up on top of the bottom part that you see in the picture. It seeps there so I will walk by a couple hours after using the sink and there is blue Dawn dish detergent on it. It appears securely installed. Wish I never got it. Looks aren't everything.

    I am reading online this is a common problem.

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    Well, our repair bill dor stolen catalytic converter was $950.00.ouch.

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