BERKELEY (CBS SF) – Berkeley police are warning residents about a recent increase in thefts of catalytic converters.
Police say that since July 20, at least 14 vehicles have had their catalytic converters stolen throughout Berkeley. Catalytic converters are valuable because of the metals in them, such as platinum.READ MORE: Napa Valley Looks to Restaurant Week to Help Jump-Start Economic Comeback
In a majority of the thefts, a Toyota Prius was the target, possibly because its lighter weight makes it easier to lift with a vehicle floor jack. Catalytic converters are typically stolen by using a small portable saw to quickly cut it off from below the vehicle while it’s jacked.
To try to avoid theft, police recommend parking in your home’s garage if possible, using a motion-sensing light if you park in your driveway or parking in a well-lit area if you park on the street.READ MORE: Wind-Whipped Wildfire in Big Sur Shuts Hwy 1, Forces Evacuations
If residents see something suspicious, like a person working on the underside of a car in the middle of the night along with the sound of a power saw, police ask they report it immediately.Curry Hits Winning Jumper, Warriors Beat Rockets 105-103
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