In the story about catalytic converter theft (“Protect vehicles from theft,” Sun City West Independent, Sept. 1, 2021), it was stated, “During 2019, State Farm paid $4.3 million for 2,375 catalytic converter theft claims.”
This isn’t a new problem. I would hope that with each new car that comes off the assembly line with a catalytic converter, that the manufacturers install this anti-theft device. Or, install some sort of tracking device on the converter that shows where they are winding up — could be businesses you could close down if the tracking data shows a lot of them winding up at one location.
It was also stated in the article, “Vehicle owners also can install a catalytic converter anti-theft device...” It seems to me that a better cost-effective measure would be for the insurance companies to pay for the anti-theft device to be installed; provided it’s not more expensive than the converter itself — like when they pay for chips in your window glass to be repaired; a cost-effective measure to replacing the entire windshield.
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