Brazoria County

Pearland Police See Spike In Catalytic Converter Thefts

The Pearland Police Department says they’re seeing an increase in the number of reported catalytic converter thefts.

According to a release,

The Pearland Police Department has recently seen an increase in the number of reported catalytic converter thefts. Vans and buses at local daycares have been targeted. Catalytic converters contain platinum-rhodium and palladium. These metals bring good money when sold to metal scrap yards. Prices vary depending on the market and price increases typically result in an increase of thefts.

Thieves will cut catalytic converters from your vehicle’s exhaust system using grinders or reciprocating saws. You’ll notice a loud rumbling sound immediately upon starting your vehicle, indicating your catalytic converters have been stolen.

Tips to help combat thefts and assist Police

• Park vehicles in well-lit areas, secured areas, or in area where the vehicles may be more visible to passing traffic
• Check vehicles daily and notify police if there’s an issue. This can help narrow down timeframes and patterns
• If you have surveillance video, review daily for suspicious persons or vehicles on your premises. Even if a crime has not occurred, notify police of this activity. Vehicle descriptions give police something to look for when patrolling
• Consider security devices to protect catalytic converters making them more difficult to steal

Call the Pearland Police Department non-emergency line 281-997-4100 to report incidents or suspicious activity.
Call 911 in the event of an emergency.

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