How to protect from catalytic converter theft in Ventura County

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One of the biggest crime trends of the COVID-19 pandemic has no surefire protection, costs victims thousands of dollars and can generate huge profits for criminals overnight.

Catalytic converters are one of the most commonly stolen vehicle parts, targeted for precious metals that can bring in hundreds of dollars in resale value.

Ventura County is no exception to a trend that has risen across the United States. In the city of Ventura alone, for example, more than 229 thefts have been reported since Jan. 1, according to Detective Karl Reyes, who investigates street crimes for the Ventura Police Department.

“I’ve talked to detectives all the way up to Santa Barbara down to south LA,” Reyes said. “Some of these guys’ caseloads are so overwhelming they don’t even know where to start.”