Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, insurance companies have seen a significant increase in catalytic converter theft. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, reports of stolen converters almost quadruple the amount seen in 2019. To avoid letting your bus or van become a statistic, it is important to stay a step-ahead and keep your fleet protected by investing in a catalytic converter guard.
Catalytic converters are small muffler-like devices that are stolen and sold for the precious metals they contain. When a bus has a converter guard installed, the converter is protected by wire rope that makes removal almost impossible to do in a timely matter. This creates entirely too much of a hassle for a criminal in a hurry, deterring them from stealing.
The converter guard is a cable cage design that surrounds the catalytic converter with aircraft-grade wire rope. This rope is very difficult to cut, even with power tools. The wire rope then locks the converter to the chassis of the vehicle up to seven times and attaches to the exhaust pipes, not the converter, allowing all size and shape converters to be protected.
The install of the guard can be done by anyone with basic mechanical knowledge; it is not necessary to take your bus to a service center. The clamp comes with an installation tool and usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour. The install is easier to do with a lift, but does not require one.
Catalytic converter theft is a crime that leaves victims with expensive vehicle repairs, unnecessary insurance headaches, and ultimately, a temporarily unusable and damaged bus. Unfortunately the holidays lead to spikes in theft, keep your investment safe and contact the TESCO Parts Department to order your catalytic converter guard today.
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