LPD see rise in catalytic converter theft in 2021

This year alone, Lincoln police have investigated 59 cases of stolen catalytic converters
Catalytic Converter Graph 02 2021

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- Since January 1, Lincoln police have investigated 59 cases of stolen catalytic converters. This is more than were reported in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 combined for this point in the year.

The police estimate the loss from these cases is around $55,000.

In February 2021, Lincoln has had 16 cases already.

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In 2020, there were 274 cases reported to LPD–the highest month last year was November with 57–which is a steady increase from the beginning of last year to the end of last year and continuing into this year. Police say the total damage from last year was $160,000 in losses and $50,000 in damages.

Catalytic Converter Map 02 2021

Catalytic Converter map 02-2021, courtesy of LPD

Above is a map to show all the places around Lincoln where the thefts have occured.

In most cases, but not all, police say it seems like businesses or commercial vehicles are targeted and power tools are used to disconnect the catalytic converters under the car.

LPD suggests calling if you see or hear anything suspicious, installing cameras or other security to protect the vehicles, and being mindful of where you park your vehicle overnight–especially when it’s left unattended in a commercial lot.

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