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Old 05-09-2013, 03:51 PM   #1
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WATCH and PROTECT your CATS! (catalytic converters, not pets)

most likely being stolen for the platinum or other 'precious' metals inside?



Rash of catalytic converter thefts in Surrey and Langley | News1130

SURREY (NEWS1130) – ICBC warns drivers to keep an eye on their cars after a rash of catalytic converter thefts in Surrey and Langley.

It’s a key component on your car and serves to protect the environment. Catalytic converters which reduce toxic emissions are being stolen by thieves.

Adam Grossman with ICBC says there’s been a rash of thefts in Surrey and Langley recently. “Most of the incidents are targeting dealerships where you will find large numbers of vehicles parked outside at night. It gives a place where thieves can sort of take a lot of these in a short amount of time.”

But some are also being swiped from private driveways. “They’re targeted because they’re fairly easy to remove from the vehicle if you know what you’re doing, and the parts can be sold on for a profit, obviously not legally, and that’s why they’re targeted,” he says.

Although it may be hard to prevent, his advice is to keep a close eye on your car. “For those personal vehicle owners, follow those tips about parking your car in a secure area whenever possible. Certainly, if you have a garage at your home, be sure to use that.”

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this is specifically targeted at dodge diesels because they are so easy to pull and are worth a lot of money!

i work out one of the dealerships hit in Langley and so far its been about 50 trucks
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Happened to me two years ago, auto start my 4Runner in the morning and seemed kinda loud go outside and OH FUCK..... waste of $300 dammit
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that happened to my coworker's old 4runner.

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if aircare is gone and someone steals my cat ....


Just gonna order a o2 sim and weld in some straight pipe
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if aircare is gone and someone steals my cat ....


Just gonna order a o2 sim and weld in some straight pipe
That's what I'd do
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they don't undo the bolts -- they cut it out i think.
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Thought there were cougars running around town killing cats...
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Lol did anyone come in expecting this?


Back on topic. Thats some pretty scary shit. Shouldn't be a problem for those guys who are lowered to the ground tho, carrying around a low profile jack ain't exactly a walk in the park.
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they don't undo the bolts -- they cut it out i think.
yup, they use a hand cutter that makes no noise. If you are worried weld a bead up and down your exhaust pipe and the hand cutter won't be able to cut through. Wish I would of done that with mine
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yup, they use a hand cutter that makes no noise. If you are worried weld a bead up and down your exhaust pipe and the hand cutter won't be able to cut through. Wish I would of done that with mine
Whats stopping them from cutting it with a torch?

It'd be out in 5. 10, tops.
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Same. I have to drive up onto a stepped series of 2x4's even before I can get a floor jack under my car.
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in b4 ppl who have never been to surrey start talking nonsense about surrey
It's just demographics.. Surrey has a better chance of cat theft than Richmond.
You think a population of clais want to steal your cats? They'll just run over your actual cats.
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if only they put this effort into their life

same with the guys who steal live wires

edit: List price for dodge/cummins cat/dpf is $5000-6000
scrappers buying for about $800 depending on year

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Woohoo.. I dont live in Surrey.. I live in Richmond, not like its any better...
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