Catalytic converters are being stolen by the thousands in broad daylight

Video captures shocking catalytic converter theft

Inside Edition investigates the meteoric rise of catalytic converter thefts across the country, which has left car owners on edge.

Catalytic converter thefts are a growing problem in America, and Inside Edition investigates the sudden spike in crime – as well as what you can do to stay safe.

The catalytic converter has become a hot commodity for thieves looking for quick cash. They contain precious metals like palladium and rhodium, which sell for thousands of dollars an ounce.

Video captures shocking catalytic converter theft

With incredibly valuable metals there for the taking, brazen thieves operate during the day and night, quickly lifting a car and cutting off the catalytic converter before speeding away.

Crime has risen over 500% across the country, leaving nervous residents to wonder when they will be next. Fortunately, experts offer some tips to keep protect your car from thieves.

They suggest having your mechanic put a protective cover over your catalytic converter, or spray paint it bright colors, which makes it more difficult to sell. Overall, this is not a problem that will go away any time soon, so stay safe.

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