I don't know about other areas of the country but in my neck-o-the-woods, thefts of catalytic converters are at record levels. I've heard of some people that have had their car hit three times. Apparently whatever metals they make these things out of are worth a decent amount of money and all these dirt-bag thieves have to do is slide under a car with a saws-all and there out of there in less than a minute with the converter. The thing that makes me wonder a little is why the Police don't go after these businesses or individuals that are buying these things? I've never heard of a scrap dealer getting busted for buying a catalytic converter. (have you?) Seems to me if they made it at least risky for the scrap dealers to buy these things the market for them would dry up and the thieves would have no reason to steal them.