Police Warn of Increasing Catalytic Converter Thefts from Vehicles, Urge Residents to Take Precautions

The Manchester Township Police Department says it is currently investigating numerous catalytic converter thefts.

Catalytic converters from large gas engine vehicles, such as work trucks, recreational vehicles, box trucks and vans are commonly stolen, though ones from hybrid cars are also considered highly valuable. These catalytic converters are part of your vehicles emission system and are valuable in the secondhand market. The damage from these thefts along with replacement costs can be in the thousands of dollars. Vehicles left unattended in lots, yards or clubhouses for any period of time are frequently targeted; however, residential areas have been recently targeted as well.

Manchester police recommend that all vehicle owners be aware of the increased risk of catalytic converter thefts, especially during nighttime hours. Please check and make sure that your exterior residential security cameras (Ring, Nest, etc.) are working properly and report any suspicious persons and/or vehicles.

Suspects will typically utilize a powered saw to cut and remove the catalytic converter. The vibration and friction of the saw on the vehicle’s metal creates a significant noise which can be heard from far away. Should you hear this noise, especially during the overnight hours, please contact the police immediately.

Residents are also reminded that anyone with information regarding any investigation are encouraged to contact the Manchester Township Police at 732-657-6111. As a reminder, anonymous tips can be submitted online at www.manchesterpolicenj.com. Tips may also be submitted through private messages on their social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok).

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