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Hawaii #1 for Catalytic Converter Theft
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State

Hawaii

2019 Thefts

31

2020 Thefts

133

2021 Thefts

558

% Change Thefts 2019 vs 2020

333.80%

% Change Thefts 2020 vs 2021

318.27%

 

Catalytic Converter Thefts Up 33% in 2022: New Hotspots Emerge

Been Verified May 17, 2022

Catalytic converter thieves have been on a tear since 2020, as police departments nationwide and car insurance companies reported a record surge of criminals stealing the part, which is laden with precious metals that help clean car exhaust.

An analysis by BeenVerified found thefts through 2021 more than quadrupled all catalytic converter thefts in 2020—and the trend shows no signs of slowing down this year.

Catalytic converter thefts from January through April are up more than 33% compared to the same time period in 2021, BeenVerified estimates. Several new hotspots for theft have emerged this year, including Hawaii, Indiana and Georgia.

Looking at the number of reported thefts in 2019 and 2020, BeenVerified compared state and national statistics of associated Google searches on “catalytic converter theft” during the same time frame and found that search traffic on the term reliably follows a pattern: For every 10 searches, there is on average one reported catalytic converter theft.

There were 14,433 reported stolen in 2020 and only 3,389 thefts were reported in 2019, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

Indiana, Georgia and Rhode Island are new catalytic converter theft hotspots in 2022. The largest year-over-year increases for the first four months of this year are Indiana (417.1%), Connecticut (258%), Georgia (251.6%), Rhode Island (232.3%) and New York (230.3%).

Top states per 100,000 vehicles are Hawaii, Indiana and Washington so far this year. Hawaii has averaged 68 catalytic converter thefts per 100,000 registered vehicles, followed by Indiana (55), Washington (53), Connecticut (50) and Texas (47).

2021 Catalytic Converter theft statistics

California, Texas and Washington were top states for theft. The top states for theft last year are California (18,026 thefts), Texas (7,895), Washington (4,252), Minnesota (2,363) and Colorado (2,171).

Colorado, Arizona and Connecticut see the biggest 2021 spike. The largest year-over-year increase were in Colorado (1,498%), Arizona (1,340%), Connecticut (1,329%), Texas (818%) and New Jersey (774%).

Top states per 100,000 vehicles are Washington, Minnesota and Colorado. Washington state averaged 148 catalytic converter thefts per 100,000 registered vehicles in 2021, followed by Oregon (145) Minnesota (130), Colorado (126), and California (123).

Toyota, Honda and Lexus vehicles are top targets. The most popular cars by make and model targeted by catalytic converter thieves in 2020 were the Toyota Prius, Honda Element, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Tacoma and Honda Accord.

Catalytic converters contain platinum, palladium or rhodium, precious metals that have seen their value skyrocket over the past two years. The theft of a catalytic converter can be done in minutes by culprits, who then resell to recyclers for between $50 and $250 per part. The cost to repair is between $1,000 and $3,000, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

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