Catalytic converter theft is not a new problem. However, new reports indicate that thefts of this auto part in Illinois are skyrocketing.
I’ve seen two different reports that show how serious catalytic converter theft is in Illinois specifically. One was a story in the Wall Street Journal that indicated thefts were trending up nationwide, but it also included a startling statistic. It says “reported thefts in Chicago reached 4,781 through September this year, compared to 1,842 during the same period last year”.
It’s not a problem that can be blamed on Chicago. Capital Fax cited a State Farm report showing that Illinois as a whole is #3 in America for catalytic converter thefts. The amount of money they’ve paid out over the last 3 years gives you an idea of how it’s skyrocketing in Illinois.
- 2019 – $651,000 paid in Illinois for theft of catalytic converters
- 2020 – $1,100,000 paid in Illinois for theft of catalytic converters
- 2021 – $3,100,000 paid in Illinois for theft of catalytic converters
According to reports, Cook County offered to imprint the owner’s initials on the catalytic converters, but had to stop the program shortly after it was inundated with requests. Unbelievable.
If you want to dig deeper into the data on catalytic converter thefts, the Wall Street Journal and Capital Fax articles are worth reading. It is amazing how crazy thieves have gone by profiting from the black market for automotive metals these days.
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