Deputy Jaime Moran from the L.A. Sheriffs Division engraves the catalytic converter of a automobile with a traceable quantity. (Photograph by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP through Getty Pictures)
CarFax put its staff of knowledge scientists to work placing a extra consultant quantity to the amount of catalytic converter thefts throughout the nation. When you is perhaps stunned to have simply came upon that CarFax has a staff of knowledge scientists, you most likely will not be stunned to listen to the staff’s conclusion that thefts are far larger than have been reported. The Nationwide Insurance coverage Crime Bureau has been the go-to supply for nationwide theft figures. Earlier this 12 months, the NICB wrote that “thefts elevated 1,215% between 2019 and 2022.” With the NICB logging 3,389 reported thefts in 2019, the 2022 determine can be simply over 38,100. However the NICB solely tracks thefts automobile homeowners reported to their auto insurance coverage. When CarFax searched the information and causes for catalytic converter replacements, it discovered “as many as 153,000 [stolen cats] within the U.S. in 2022.”
That sounds extra prefer it, and even that’s most likely undersells the difficulty. The Houston Chronicle reported there 7,800 cats stolen in Houston alone in 2021. The New York Occasions reported 7,000 cats have been stolen in New York Metropolis final 12 months. In August 2022, Portland, Oregon police busted a criminal offense ring accountable for trafficking greater than 44,000 catalytic converters in 2021 and 2022, stolen from automobiles simply on the West Coast.
CarFax additionally broke out the information on the most well-liked sufferer automobiles nationwide and in eight areas. Nationwide, the Ford F-Sequence lineup tops the listing, which isn’t any shock as it has been the best-selling automobile for many years and is straightforward to crawl below. Of the 9 lists, the F-Sequence claimed the lead spot on six of them. It is adopted by the Honda Accord nationally, the Honda solely the Twentieth-best-selling automobile within the U.S. final 12 months however coming two spots forward of the Honda CR-V that was the seventh-best-seller final 12 months.
That will get circled within the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic areas, the Honda CR-V main the top-10 lists for stolen cats in each areas. The Toyota Prius takes third nationwide and first within the West, the hatchback massively fashionable on the left coast and its hybrid catalytic converter containing extra valuable metals.
A few sudden entries embrace the Ford Econoline van vary in sixth on the nationwide listing, the Chevrolet Equinox in seventh, and the Chevrolet Cruze in tenth. This is the nationwide breakdown:
- Ford F-150
- Honda Accord
- Toyota Prius
- Honda C-RV
- Ford Explorer
- Ford Econoline
- Chevy Equinox
- Chevy Silverado
- Toyota Tacoma
- Chevy Cruze
Amongst areas, the Nissan NV van is a shock, inserting in tenth within the Southwest area, as are the Kia Soul and Jeep Patriot pulling up the final two spots within the Plains area, and the Mitsubishi Outlander hitting the charts within the Mid-Atlantic, the South, and the Southwest.
Take a look at the CarFax piece for the complete region-by-region rankings to get a bead on simply how cautious it’s worthwhile to be relying on what you drive and the place you reside.