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Investigating trends in catalytic converter thefts

Data from a recent CARFAX for Police report highlights vehicle theft trends

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Catalytic converter thefts have soared in recent years, thanks largely to the spiking prices of precious metals contained within them. This sudden rise has created an urgent need for police to find ways to deter thefts.

To help law enforcement agencies address the crisis, CARFAX for Police compiled a Catalytic Converter Replacement Report that identifies the most-targeted vehicles nationally, regionally and by state. In addition to the report, CARFAX for Police is hosting a free digital event for law enforcement on Tuesday, June 7 at 1 p.m. ET on Investigating Trends: Catalytic Converter Theft.

In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley speaks with veteran police officers Lt. Michael Ledoux (Ret.), director of business development at CARFAX for Police and IACP Vehicle Crimes Committee member, and Sr. Trooper Robert Ivey, a criminal investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence, Florida Highlight Patrol, about their experiences investigating catalytic converter thefts.

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