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Protect your vehicle from catalytic converter theft

The Oak Park Police Department urges residents to take steps to protect their vehicles from catalytic converter theft, which has become increasingly common throughout the region. Catalytic converters are part of a vehicle’s exhaust systems. Precious metals used in the devices make them appealing to thieves, who can remove a catalytic converter in minutes, leaving vehicle owners with a costly repair bill. Officials suggest the following tips to help prevent catalytic converter thefts:

  • Park in a garage or well-lit area when possible.
  • If you park in a personal garage, keep the overhead door closed and lock any service doors.
  • If you hear what sounds like an electric saw noise, especially at night, call 911 immediately.
  • If you have a vehicle that is high up from the ground, consider having a mechanic install a security device that makes the converter harder to steal.