California Has A Plan To End Catalytic Converter Theft


On September 25, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills into law in an effort to hopefully stave off future theft: SB-1087 and AB-1740, according to a tweet from the governor’s office. Overall, both laws will make it harder for thieves to sell catalytic converters and prevent less than upstanding scrappers from receiving the stolen item. 

More specifically, SB-1087 will make it illegal for recyclers to receive catalytic converters from anyone but the documented owner of the component or documented car repair shops and dealers. AB-1740 will require recyclers to document every transaction involving catalytic converters including the number of converters and the specific monetary amount paid out for each transaction. 

With these bills signed into law, catalytic converter theft will hopefully start to wane. Thieves may just go to other states to sell off their ill-gotten gains, but it’s only a matter of time before other states adopt similar laws. In the meantime, you can weld a cage around your catalytic converter to confound future attempts at theft, or you can start driving an electric car, which forgoes exhaust components entirely.



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