Catalytic Converter Thefts Rising in Hamilton
Hamilton Police are warning the public after a spike in the theft of catalytic converters in vehicles. A component of the exhaust system, catalytic converters contain high-value metal that is then sold at scrap metal yards.
Since May 2019, there have been 61 catalytic converters stolen in the Hamilton area. Most of the thefts have occurred overnight but some have been brazen daytime thefts where the suspect crawled under the vehicle and cut out the catalytic converter.
Larger-style SUVs appear to be the focus because of accessibility to the converter. The converter can be removed in less than two minutes. Parking lots such as malls, educational facilities and other commercial areas have been targeted.
It is important that you follow safety precautions in order to reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
- Park vehicle in well-lit areas
- Park closer to pedestrian or vehicle traffic so it is not isolated
- Check if the area has video surveillance
If you notice a loud muffler-related noise and loss of engine power when starting your vehicle, contact police.
If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime, you are asked to contact Detective Constable Jamie Crichton by calling 905-546-8934 or Detective Sergeant Andrea Torrie at 905-546-2991.
To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com