More than 300 claims for catalytic converter theft in April: MPI

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There were more than 300 catalytic converter claims in April of this year, according to data from Manitoba Public Insurance.

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According to MPI, since 2021, approximately 150 claims related to theft of catalytic converters have been reported each month.

The top five vehicles targeted for catalytic converter thefts are the Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sportage and Mitsubishi RVR.

MPI also recently launched an online education initiative with tools and knowledge on how people can avoid having their catalytic converters stolen.

“We know that these critical parts of a vehicle’s emissions system can have a high value when resold because they contain rare metals and are relatively easy to remove from a vehicle that is not parked in a safe place with appropriate safeguards,” MPI President and CEO Eric Herbelin said in a press release.

“With so many Manitobans impacted by this issue and many others wishing to avoid these types of thefts, our goal is to share the most common vehicles we have seen targeted and how all Manitobans can take preventative measures to increase the chances of they are not. file a complaint with MPI accordingly.

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MPI recommends that people park their cars in well-lit areas and close to building entrances or the nearest road in public parking lots, which leaves the car in a place where many people can see it. If you have a personal garage, MPI recommends keeping your car parked inside with the door closed.

MPI also recommends adding video surveillance to the area where people regularly park their cars and adjusting the cars security system to activate from vibrations, such as those produced by a saw.

In 2021, catalytic converters were the most stolen items in Winnipeg, according to the annual police report.

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