WILLIAMSON CO. – Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick is warning Williamson County residents about a series catalytic converter thefts in the county.
According to a release, the sheriff’s office has taken reports of catalytic converter thefts from four vehicles in the past week. One was in the Marion area, while others were south of Marion near Route 37. Three of the vehicles were pickup trucks and the fourth was a church bus parked on the church parking lot.
Catalytic converters are a required part of the exhaust system on any vehicle manufactured after 1974. Many contain small amounts of valuable metals such as platinum, palladium, or rhodium. Vick said the value of the rare metals has increased to the point catalytic converters are being stolen.
He offered the following suggestions:
- Park your vehicle inside a building, or inside a fenced-in area.
- Install an obvious video camera to act as a deterrent.
- Muffler shops may be able to weld extra pieces of hardened metal to the catalytic converter to make it more difficult to remove.
- Aftermarket parts are available to add to the catalytic converter that may make it more difficult to remove.
- Consider having your license plate number or vehicle’s VIN engraved onto your catalytic converter. This would help identify your catalytic converter if it were ever stolen.
Sheriff Vick also encouraged residents to call the sheriff’s office or their local police department if they see any suspicious activity.