BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — You get in your automotive and switch it on and out of the blue one thing does not sound correct. Nicely when you stay in California or proper right here in Bakersfield, it’s most likely as a result of your catalytic converter was stolen. And it’s changing into extra of an issue.
23ABC’s Brianna Willis takes an in-depth take a look at this ongoing situation.
Catalytic converter thefts have tripled within the metropolis of Bakersfield to date this 12 months in comparison with final 12 months and the Bakersfield Police Division says many thieves are repeat offenders that simply proceed to steal them irrespective of what number of instances they’re arrested.
“The fact of it’s that it solely takes seconds to get beneath the automobile and to take away this priceless system that then is resold or recycled,” defined Sgt. Robert Pair of the Bakersfield Police Division.
It’s no secret that catalytic converter thefts have been on the rise for years throughout the nation. Natalie Richard’s husband was simply one in every of hundreds of individuals this 12 months in Bakersfield that had his converter stolen.
“It’s simply actually irritating as a result of the catalytic convertors, they obtained each of his, they’re $600 a bit plus labor. So we’re going to have to come back out of pocket for that.”
In 2019, 188 individuals reported their catalytic convertor stolen to BPD, 578 individuals in 2020, and as of July twenty seventh this 12 months 1,374 individuals reported their converters stolen. That’s a rise of 630 % within the final 2 years.
That improve continues throughout the county as effectively with the Kern County Sheriff’s Workplace reporting 35 thefts in 2019, 197 in 2020, and 388 in 2021 as of August eleventh for a rise of over 1,000 %.
“A 12 months in the past when you would’ve requested me about catalytic convertor’s I’d don’t know what you’re speaking about, however now all of us have develop into consultants in these gadgets and perceive that they include valuable metals and that’s finally the most important driving drive is the worth of those metals,” mentioned Sgt. Pair.
Sgt. Pair additionally provides that this situation isn’t distinctive to Bakersfield or any explicit group – it is an ongoing downside.
“It’s an enormous situation and it is a difficulty that impacts each space of city, each socioeconomic degree and it impacts individuals’s capability to journey, so it impacts peoples capability to go to work. It is costly.”
Steve McGlothin from No Muff Too Tuff makes a speciality of serving to individuals save their catalytic converters. McGlothin makes use of rebar metallic on the convertor to stop individuals from with the ability to take them.
“Converters are like $4,000 and it is solely like $120 to save lots of them,” he explains. “Then after they hit the rebar, it stopped them proper right here. So I saved this gentleman’s converters and the thief obtained nothing.”