LA Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jaime Moran stamps a traceable number on the vehicle’s catalytic converter. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP of him via Getty Images)
CarFax hires a team of data scientists Work with more representative numbers on the amount of catalytic converter thefts across the country. While you might be surprised to learn that CarFax has a team of data scientists, you wouldn’t be surprised to hear the team conclude that there are far more thefts than reported. The National Insurance Crime Bureau is the go-to source for national theft numbers. Earlier this year, Written by NICB with “1,215% increase in thefts between 2019 and 2022” NICB logging 3,389 thefts reported In 2019, the 2022 figure will be just over 38,100. However, the NICB only tracks thefts reported to the vehicle insurance by the vehicle owner. A search by CarFax for data and reasons for replacing catalytic converters turned up “153,000 things.” [stolen cats] in the United States in 2022”
That sounds like it, but even then you’re probably underestimating the problem. of houston chronicle report In 2021, 7,800 cats were stolen in Houston alone. of new york times report Last year, 7,000 cats were stolen in New York City. In August 2022, police in Portland, Oregon, arrested a criminal gang that trafficked more than 44,000 catalytic converters in 2021 and 2022.
CarFax also published data on the most popular damaged vehicles nationwide and in eight regions. Nationally, the Ford F-Series lineup tops the list, which isn’t surprising since it’s been the best-selling car for decades and is easy to get under. Of the nine lists, the F-Series topped six of his lists. Nationwide, it was followed by the Honda Accord, which was his 20th best-selling car in the U.S. last year, but two spots ahead of last year’s 7th best-selling Honda CR-V. The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions have turned around, with the Honda CR-V leading the top 10 stolen cat lists in both regions. The Toyota Prius is his third in the nation and first in the West, and the hatchback is very popular on the left coast, with more precious metals in its hybrid catalytic converter.
Some unexpected entries include a No. 6 Ford Econoline van, No. 7 Chevrolet Equinox and No. 10 Chevrolet Cruze on the national list. Regionally, the Nissan NV van surprisingly finished his top 10 spot in the Southwest region, while in the Plains region Kia Soul and Jeep Patriot moved up his last two spots, while the Mitsubishi Outlander moved up to the Central region. It hit the charts in the Atlantic region. south and southwest. Check Carfax article With our complete rankings, you’ll know how much more careful you should be depending on what you drive and where you live.