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Putting a stop to catalytic converter theft

Catalytic converter theft is on the rise. The increasing prices of the precious metals used in the production — i.e, platinum, rhodium and palladium — have made it so an illegally acquired catalytic converter can cash in for anywhere between $50 and $250 when sold to an unscrupulous recycling facility, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

The connection between times of crisis, limited resources, and disruption of the supply chain has massively increased the value of the precious metals inside catalytic converters and thieves have caught on.

Public safety is one of my top priorities. The theft of catalytic converters has left so many families carless, with no way to get to work or get their children to school. With the high cost of living and financial struggle, many don’t have the money to replace what was lost which could add up to thousands of dollars.

That is why my colleagues and I have put together a catalytic converter bill package to address this serious issue running rampant in our state:

  • AB 1653: will expand the CHP Property Crimes Task Force to also include the theft of vehicle parts and accessories. (Co-Author)
  • AB 1659: will change the definition of a “licensed dismantler” to include someone who has two or more catalytic converters in their possession; by doing so, if someone is caught with two or more and does not have a valid dismantler license, they can be charged with the crime of operating without a valid dismantler license. (Co-Author)
  • AB 1984: would put in statute that an individual who is found to be in possession of a stolen catalytic converter face punishment of not more than one year incarceration in a county jail and/or a fine not exceeding $1,000. (Co-Author)

This theft must be stopped. My office will keep you updated on the status of these bills as they move through the legislative process.

It’s an honor to serve you in the California State Legislature.

This article was released by the Office of Assemblywoman Janet Nguyen.