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    Have your catalytic welded in...

    I took the kids up to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery this morning to see the Salmon and Steelhead. They enjoy feeding the fish and walking along the river.

    When we got back to the truck and started it up, it was really loud. I took a look under. Someone stole my catalytic while we were wandering around. They won't do it again. The shop that replaced it ($275 later) welded it into place. It ain't goin anywhere now without some serious tooling.

    If you have a pickup, you might think about having it spot welded in.
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    Sorry to hear about getting ripped off. I live above the fish hatchery and ride by it every day. There are people wandering around all the time. I can't believe that, 1. somebody had the balls to do it in front of everybody and 2. nobody "saw it" and got the license #. Maybe you will get lucky.

    These guys are really good. Several years ago,I got computers and camera equipment stolen out of my trunk and my stereo ripped out of my car at the entrance to the track at Modesto JC. My car was parked within three stalls of the entrance. Modesto PD said they were in my car for less than 20 seconds. nobody "saw" that either.
    I'll keep my eyes peeled when I go by the parking lot now.

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    This is unfortunately getting more and more common. The garage where I take my Miata told customers to stop dropping their cars off the night before because they were getting hit with the same theft.

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    As the economy goes south, the metals "recycling" thefts are going up. I saw a sewer cover missing at a very busy intersection (El Camino and San Bruno Ave) as it was probably stolen to be "recycled".

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlastRadius View Post
    As the economy goes south, the metals "recycling" thefts are going up. I saw a sewer cover missing at a very busy intersection (El Camino and San Bruno Ave) as it was probably stolen to be "recycled".
    I read an article in the news recently about manhole cover thefts. Apparently it's all the rage on the East coast.
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    The recycling shops that accept obviously stolen items (and thus encouraging the thieves) are as much to blame as anyone. I mean, come on, a guy drives up in an old, beat up truck with a few manhole covers and some freshly ripped out copper wiring in the bed, and that's not suspicious?

    Last time I took in a load of aluminum cans, some kids walked in with a tall ladder and dropped it on the scale. I'm sure there's a logical explanation that doesn't involved a work truck somewhere missing a ladder.

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    They wont steal after market converters. If yer in the south bay and need one welded I own a repair shop and can weld for ya. Problem is they also use sawzalls to cut em out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    The recycling shops that accept obviously stolen items (and thus encouraging the thieves) are as much to blame as anyone. <snip>
    Yup. I'm seriously considering writing my state congress critter to ask about a bill requiring recycling shops, etc. to record drivers lic info on each sale, and include a list of exactly what they bought. That info could be a help to law enforcement in tracking down the thieves. Of course, they'll use fake ID, but it might act as a deterrent.
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    Dang Joel, on a Saturday morning with I'm sure all the cars and people that are around in that parking lot? Pretty gutsy.

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    Happened to a friend in a nice neighborhood in San Jose too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    Happened to a friend in a nice neighborhood in San Jose too.
    Weird thing is that I'm pretty sure nicer cars don't have "nicer" converters. The unit out of a Civic is likely going to have the same amount of valuable metals as the unit out of a Mercedes. If anything, there's a bigger converter on cars with bigger engines, so big pickup trucks would be the better target.

    *shrug* Who knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Weird thing is that I'm pretty sure nicer cars don't have "nicer" converters. The unit out of a Civic is likely going to have the same amount of valuable metals as the unit out of a Mercedes. If anything, there's a bigger converter on cars with bigger engines, so big pickup trucks would be the better target.

    *shrug* Who knows.
    Oh yeah, my friend has a Toyota Tacoma.

    He now has an aftermarket one, and it is welded in too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    He now has an aftermarket one, and it is welded in too.
    And hopefully electrified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Weird thing is that I'm pretty sure nicer cars don't have "nicer" converters. The unit out of a Civic is likely going to have the same amount of valuable metals as the unit out of a Mercedes. If anything, there's a bigger converter on cars with bigger engines, so big pickup trucks would be the better target.

    *shrug* Who knows.
    Pickup truck = usually no jack required... just crawl under.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    Pickup truck = usually no jack required... just crawl under.
    Yeah, that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Weird thing is that I'm pretty sure nicer cars don't have "nicer" converters. The unit out of a Civic is likely going to have the same amount of valuable metals as the unit out of a Mercedes. If anything, there's a bigger converter on cars with bigger engines, so big pickup trucks would be the better target.

    *shrug* Who knows.
    Some cases yes, some no. Problem is the mercedes and BMW's are not easy to get out. Toyota 4 runners and Tacomas take about 2 minutes. Your honda has the same value as the Toyota, Mercedes and BMW's are double. Either way, recyclers are not supposed to buy from anyone that is not a licensed dealer. There was a huge bust in Hayward this past summer. The owner had been paying undercover cops to steal converters, then he resold em to dealers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    Oh yeah, my friend has a Toyota Tacoma.

    He now has an aftermarket one, and it is welded in too.
    Hmmm, I have a Tacoma. I'm looking underneath tomorrow to see just what kind the bolts are. If, you welded the converter, perhaps they will cut the exhaust pipes, creating a bigger problem. From what I see online, the converter has plates which bolt onto matching plates on the exhaust pipe. Maybe you can use bolts with round heads and nuts, or install a shield over the whole thing....

    Just thinking aloud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSean View Post
    Some cases yes, some no. Problem is the mercedes and BMW's are not easy to get out. Toyota 4 runners and Tacomas take about 2 minutes. Your honda has the same value as the Toyota, Mercedes and BMW's are double. Either way, recyclers are not supposed to buy from anyone that is not a licensed dealer. There was a huge bust in Hayward this past summer. The owner had been paying undercover cops to steal converters, then he resold em to dealers.
    Ah, they're being stolen for re-use. Then it does make sense to target the big-money autos. I was thinking in terms of selling them for the platinum and whatever else is in those things.

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    You've got to be kidding me...broad daylight at Nimbus Hatchery?? Wow!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chieftan View Post
    You've got to be kidding me...broad daylight at Nimbus Hatchery?? Wow!!
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    They were in that case, but also for recycling. However the value has dropped to half in the past 6 months.

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    I remember a year back that they were hitting the Uhaul lots for the CC off of the pickup trucks in the fleet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redspoke View Post
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    You have to have some serious
    "Oh, it's okay, this is my buddy's truck. I loaned him my catalytic converter, and he accidentally left it attached to his exhaust system."

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    The hot ticket for converter theft is the Toyota pick-ups, especially 4X4's. Toyota bolts theirs in with 4 bolts and the four wheel drives are high enough off the ground not to require a jack. It's just a matter of minutes and they have your converter.
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    That sucks, Joel. I'm sorry that happened to you.

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