Catalytic converter theft is on the rise locally and nationally due to its high resale value. This growing trend is affecting individuals, businesses and the precious metals recycling chain.

The Times News spent the past few weeks poring over data and talking to experts to find out how this trend is affecting the region.

What are catalytic converters?

Why are converters stolen?

How common is catalytic converter theft?

Catalytic converter thefts

How do catalytic converter thefts affect victims?

How do thieves sell stolen converters?

Are recyclers and scrap dealers part of the problem or the solution?

Are there laws to regulate the sale of catalytic converters?

How does law enforcement handle catalytic converter theft?

How can people protect themselves from catalytic converter theft?

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