The LAPD Rampart Division is advising vehicle owners across the southern section of Silver Lake and East Hollywood to watch out for catalytic converter thieves.
A posting on the division’s Facebook page says:
In the areas south of Sunset Blvd between Vermont Ave and Rampart Blvd, there were several catalytic converters stolen. These are cut from underneath the vehicle and can be sold quickly and easily. Replacing them is very expensive.
Catalytic converters contain platinum and other precious metals, making them an attractive target for thieves. Many of the converters have been stolen from Honda Elements, which sit high, making it easier to get underneath and saw off the converter, police have said.
Some vehicle owners have turned to installing converter protectors – or “cat clamps” – that act like a metal cage around the catalytic converters to discourage thieves. But some owners have been told that thieves just cut right through the clamps with bolt cutters.
But catalytic converter thefts have not been the only problem facing vehicle owners south of Sunset. During the past week, at least three motor vehicles have been stolen on streets near Hoover Avenue, according to CrimeMapping.com.