Uptick in catalytic converter theft in Tuscaloosa Co.

Uptick in catalytic converter theft in Tuscaloosa Co.
Northport police said they’re seeing a big uptick in one very specific crime, people stealing catalytic converters on vehicles. (Source: WBRC)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Northport police said they’re seeing a big uptick in one very specific crime, people stealing catalytic converters on vehicles. This has been a trend since the start of the pandemic.

Northport police officers suggest you try to protect your vehicle by parking in areas with plenty of lighting and near surveillance cameras if possible. Northport police said thieves are targeting cars that sit high off the ground due to easy access underneath.

Work trucks, church vans, and RVs in particular are examples of vehicles like this. Habitat for Humanity in Tuscaloosa had their own catalytic converter stolen from their van earlier this December..

A catalytic converter is responsible for controlling harmful emissions from your car. It’s located on the bottom of your vehicle, just behind your engine. Ford and Dodge vehicles seem to be the favorite target of these criminals.

Northport police encourage you to be aware of your surroundings and call them to report any suspicious activity in your area.

Copyright 2020 WBRC. All rights reserved.