ECHO PARK — This summer’s surge in catalytic converter thefts has continued into the fall, with the Rampart Division recently warning that Honda Elements are the primary target. A Honda Element owner named Tony who lives near Scott Avenue and Laveta Terrace knows this well. His catalytic converter has been stolen twice this year, with the most recent theft taking place this week. Said Tony:
This took place Monday evening on the 20th, in front of my residence … It will cost $3,000 dollars to replace. This is the second time, same type of theft, same car this year.
The converters, which contain precious metals, can be sawed off in a few minutes. The high clearance of Honda Elements makes that job easier, according to police.
While some thieves have been arrested in Silver Lake, the thefts have continued across the area. Some vehicle owners have turned to installing converter protectors – or “cat clamps” that act like a metal cage around the catalytic converters to discourage others from trying to steal them.