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More catalytic converter thefts in our neighborhoods

Original post made by Manfred, Del Prado, on Jul 5, 2021

In the past few weeks, the catalytic converters have been stolen from my Toyota and my neighbor's Honda. This is the second time in the past year that we have been hit by thieves that steal for the precious metals in these devices. They do it quickly, and they do during the night. It will cost about $2500 to replace and repair. I am beyond frustrated. What can we do to stop this?

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2021 at 5:05 pm

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Vote differently


Posted by Vigy
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jul 6, 2021 at 9:18 am

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Consider a car alarm. I have accidently triggered an alarm on a parked car by walking too close.

Put your car in a garage.

Get and electric car.


Posted by Pleasanton Neighbor
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 6, 2021 at 9:26 am

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I have a friend who had there converter stolen in San Jose. My brother in Fremont caught three thieves in the process when he heard noise outside his house at 4:30am.

1. Sensitive motion alarms may help.

2. Garaging will help if you have one.

3. Be sure to file a police report as soon as possible.

4. Have effective outdoor night time lighting on.

5. Consider installing several surveillance cameras.

6. Check in with neighbors to see if they have evidence on their surveillance cameras.

We should all be watchful for suspicious people in our neighborhoods. Have the police department non-emergency phone number on your cell phone.

Hope this helps.


Posted by J Tucker
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 6, 2021 at 10:33 am

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Where are these low-life thieves selling the precious metals? Maybe our elected leaders can introduce some bills to ban buying precious metals from individuals. Or the buyer must keep a detailed record of each transactions. Any transactions over a certain amount will be reported - similar to banks reporting any deposit transactions over a certain amount.


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