Unfortunately crime knows no boundaries. There is no rock bottom. Steal bronze memorial plates from cenotaphs? Yup they do that. Knock down a little old lady to steal her purse. Yes. Assault volunteer Christmas kettle workers and steal the Salvation Army donations? Yes. I’ve seen it all. Catalytic converters are just one of endless cash opportunities for desperate people. As general inflation, housing and food costs continue to soar in many areas more and more people become desperate. Substance abuse often follows. Then things get really bad.
Personally I am seeing a whole lot more people living on the streets than ever, in my lifetime. I am seeing crime continue to increase in my community. More brazen and bold acts. I’ve seen vigilante acts, fed up honest people charged.
Hard times in the land of plenty.
In the People's Republic of New York State not only can you not just put in a straight pipe, a replacement cat must be brand new CARB certified. Used, salvaged, or recycled catalytic converters cannot be installed after June 1, 2013 on any vehicle. Failure to follow the regulations can result in a minimum fine of $500 for a first violation and up to $26,000 for each subsequent violation.Fairly common occurrence in this town..off to the muffler shop, $50 for a straight pipe, and problem solved.
In the People's Republic of New York State not only can you not just put in a straight pipe, a replacement cat must be brand new CARB certified. Used, salvaged, or recycled catalytic converters cannot be installed after June 1, 2013 on any vehicle. Failure to follow the regulations can result in a minimum fine of $500 for a first violation and up to $26,000 for each subsequent violation.
Dying breed anyway. Pretty sure cars from the last 5 or more years have their cats right at the exhaust manifold. Probably not possible to cut them off any more.
It would seem to me that there must be somebody buying the stolen merchandise. No fence… no thief.
Walked out with a co-worker one day. He went to his brand new Honda Civic. Got in the car and started it, the car ran like crap! Then he tried to move it, the brakes didn't work! Come to find out someone had crawled under the dang car, cut the Cat right out and didn't care what else they cut through... brake lines and all!!! In broad daylight no less. It was crazy... unfortunately they never caught em. How the heck they did that with no one seeing/hearing a thing is still a mystery, including whatever tool they used. Yes... it certainly does happen, sadly, and I was there to see it. Nuts man.
I was in SF yesterday for a play. Incredible numbers of unhoused in the streets in the rain.
Sometimes, in our town, we'll notice that someone did not pick up after their dog. What we saw yesterday on two occasions were people who didn't pick up after themselves.... kinda startling. They also have workers on many street corners helping keep the unhoused and often mentally ill organized so that folks going to plays or shopping or going to their houses remain un harassed.
Ha. The work that it takes to remove a cat converter would suck. Must be a big pay-off with all those "precious metals."
and "Cat scratch thiever?" Come on SJPD...do better.