Captain Mastronardi, 104th Precinct, said that three Honda CRVs in Maspeth had their catalytic converter stolen.
The description given is three male blacks possibly in a silver Ford SUV.
This has been occurring between the hours of 1:00-4:00 am.
If you hear something that sounds like a saw, LOOK OUT YOUR WINDOW and call 911 if you see anything suspicious!
If this is happening in Maspeth, it can happen anywhere. The thieves are in our general area and we all need to be on the lookout.
The Captain also wants to remind everyone to keep their windows and doors locked to prevent a burglary.
Roe Daraio, President
COMET Civic Association
One of our members was nice enough to pass this info about deterring thieves who try to steal your catalytic converter.
Converters contain trace elements of palladium, rhodium and platinum which fetch high prices at scrap yards over in the industrial scrap yards by Maspeth/Williamsburg.
Trucks and SUVs are targeted more, since they sit higher off the ground, and the converters are easier to get to. Hondas, specifically, because once you've figured how to remove that particular brand's converter, it can be done more quickly.
As much as it might be unpleasant for some of you to hear this, the people stealing these things usually reside in or near the area of the burglaries - since they can easily observe other residents' schedules, and target certain vehicles that they see repeatedly parked in the same spots. They are often adult teenagers without employment for whom these thefts represent a quick and easy source of cash, especially since residents will simply replace the converters, to be re-burgled, down the line.
You can purchase a clamp (amazon) but that is only a temporary deterrent.
You can also get your converter welded to the under-frame of your vehicle, but that maybe cause inspection issues down the line.
Parking your car in sight of your home, nearby an obvious, visible surveillance camera is also a moderate deterrent.
Put your car in a locked garage is obviously the best preventative.
Perhaps waking up to check your vehicle in the early morning hours might be also be helpful.