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Catalytic Converter Thefts Down, SUVs and Trucks Targeted by Thieves

Although catalytic converter thefts have decreased over the last three weeks throughout Atlanta, residents should still be aware of the vehicles targeted by these thieves and ways they can protect themselves.

Since January, the Atlanta Police Department's Zone 2 has seen a weekly average of about two catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in the Buckhead areas.

Atlanta Police tell Buckhead Patch that catalytic converter thefts have decreased over the last few weeks however, and there have been four to five catalytic converter thefts in the last three weeks citywide.

SUVs and trucks are often the targets of these thefts, APD spokesman John Chafee told Buckhead Patch, because their height from the ground allows thieves to crawl under the vehicles and remove the catalytic converter.

Police say residents can protect themselves from this type of theft by reporting any suspicious activity near parked cars or if anyone is seen underneath a vehicle. Additionally, a variety of devices are on the market to prevent catalytic converter thefts.

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