It’s not uncommon to hear about thieves creeping into parking lots at night and stealing tires, batteries and tailgates. But the newest trend among thieves is catalytic converters.
Because those catalytic converters contain precious metals that are rising in value.
And while catalytic converter thefts are not uncommon, the rate of thefts has increased drastically. In 2019 and 2020, catalytic converter theft claims nearly doubled according to one insurance company in BC.
And it isn’t just individuals that are having their catalytic converters stolen.
A car auction company in Moncton, New Brunswick had 33 converters stolen. There have been thefts at mechanic shops. Even private business fleets are being targeted. One business in Guelph, Ontario had catalytic converters removed from all of their trucks.
Think it is only an Eastern Canada issue? In BC’s lower mainland, ICBC reported losses of $2 million from catalytic converter thefts in 2020 alone.
And it isn’t just the cost of replacement parts and repairs that businesses need to worry about. They also have to manage delays, declining customer satisfaction and lost revenue from missed work.
So how do you protect your vehicle compounds and dealerships from this costly theft?
You install verified security systems.
The one thing many of these thefts have in common is that the crime was caught on video. But that doesn’t do much good when the thieves conceal themselves and the videos are watched after the fact.
Verified security is monitored 24/7 so when a thief gets to work, our security operators are already contacting the police so they can respond before the intruder gets away.
In fact, the average response time for our verified alarms is 3.5 minutes compared to CCTV’s 45-minute response time. That’s why Sonitrol has helped with more than 175,000 apprehensions across North America.
Don’t have security? Then you may end up like other small business owners who only realize something is wrong when they go to turn on their vehicles. And the police’s ability to track down the thieves will be incredibly limited, if not impossible.
So how can Sonitrol Western Canada help?
Sonitrol Western Canada has been protecting vehicle compounds and dealerships for more than 50 years with our industry expertise, innovative technology, proven results and our unique Commitment to Service guarantee.
Through our ability to specifically tailor our security solutions to meet the unique needs, we implement security solutions that do not just record breachers, break-ins and theft, we also immediately alert the police and they respond quickly to catch the intruders!
Our unique SonaVision Security Solution with verified video, will monitor both the perimeter and interior of your property. It uses highly sensitive motion and heat detectors to catch thieves and vandals - ensuring your compound is completely secure from criminals.
Want to learn? Contact our team of experts today for more information.