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Why Pickup Trucks are Commonly Targeted for Their Catalytic Converters

September 25th, 2023

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Catalytic converter theft has plagued every corner of the country in recent years. Though any car, SUV, or van can be targeted by thieves, it is pickup trucks like the Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Tundra, and Ford F-150. These workhorses, essential for both professional and family use, have caught the eye of thieves for several reasons.

Top Reasons Why Trucks are Targeted Most by Catalytic Converter Thieves

One of the main factors driving catalytic converter theft in pickup trucks is their accessibility due to the undercarriageÕs ground clearance. Unlike smaller vehicles, work trucks and family trucks, often feature enough space for a person with a cordless hacksaw to slide beneath comfortably. While this is advantageous for traversing rough terrain, it inadvertently makes it easier for thieves to access the catalytic converter.

Thieves armed with basic cutting tools or battery-operated saws can quickly slide beneath a pickup truck without drawing much attention. This ease of access allows them to carry out their theft with speed and discretion, leaving vehicle owners in shock when they discover their prized converter missing. Kelley Blue Book reports that a team of thieves can take off with your truck catalytic converter in just under 3 minutes. Since trucks are larger in size, it is also easier to conceal a getaway car behind or alongside the truck. Thieves have even targeted large vehicles that were running while the catalytic converter was taken. In one such instance, a woman ran over and killed a catalytic thief while trying to steal the converter from her parked and running SUV.

Truck Catalytic Converters Are Larger, Hence More Value for Street Criminals

Another enticing factor for thieves is the abundance of precious metals found in pickup truck catalytic converters. These crucial emissions control devices process a larger volume of exhaust contaminants due to the larger engine size commonly found in trucks.

Inside a catalytic converter, metals like platinum, palladium, and rhodium are the cleanser metals that are designed to reduce harmful emissions such as carbon monoxide and sulfuric oxide. It's the presence of these valuable metals that make pickup truck converters such attractive loot. Once stolen, thieves can quickly cash in on these precious metals at recycling centers or black market buyers for, hundreds, and in some cases, even thousands of dollars.

Protecting Your Full-size Truck Investment with a Cat Security Undercarriage Plate

In the face of the catalytic converter theft epidemic, pickup truck owners need effective solutions to safeguard their vehicles and finances. One of the most reliable methods for preventing converter theft is the installation of Cat Security guards.

These undercarriage shield guards are custom-fit for popular pickup truck models like the Toyota Tundra and Ford F-150, ensuring a seamless installation process. Once in place, Cat Security guards provide comprehensive coverage, safeguarding your catalytic converter against theft attempts. The shield plate is also crafted with organized slots and holes to allow for sufficient cooling while underway.

By taking proactive measures to secure your truck with Cat Security guard, you're not only deterring thieves but also preventing the substantial financial setback that can accompany a stolen converter. Plus, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you've protected your investment in your trusty pickup truck.