It’s a device on a vehicle that helps car manufacturers comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s stringent regulations on fuel emissions, but lately some Sheridan area thieves have been wanting it for other reasons
The Sheridan Police Department says between April 20th and May 23rd, six people have reported theft of catalytic converters from their vehicle.
Four of the six targeted vehicles were larger Ford vans at the 350 level or above.
A catalytic converter turns toxins generated by vehicles into less harmful gasses like water vapor and carbon dioxide, and have been required on all vehicles since 1975.
Thieves are usually after the valuable metals that a converter has, because a lot of money can be made when they are sold to a recycling center.
Law enforcement recommends that you find out if your vehicle could be a target for converter thefts, and check your vehicle insurance to see if the converter is covered.
Some theft prevention experts suggest you put on some high-temperature fluorescent orange paint on the converter and/or etch your license plate or VIN number on it.
This can degrade the sale value of the converter and could make it traceable.