SACRAMENTO – A bill introduced by Assemblyman Jim Patterson would allow local law enforcement agencies to tap into CHP resources to investigate and prevent catalytic converter theft.
The theft of catalytic converters has risen dramatically throughout the state. In Los Angeles County, it is estimated that catalytic converter thefts were up by 400 percent in 2020. In Fresno County, reports of stolen catalytic converters went up over 900 percent from 2020 to 2021.
AB 1653 will help address the skyrocketing theft of catalytic converters by expanding the CHP Regional Property Crimes Task Force to include the theft of vehicle parts. This will allow counties in the hardest hit areas to seek additional support from the CHP including logistical support, personnel, and equipment.
“Catalytic converter theft is hurting real people when they can least afford it,” said Assemblyman Jim Patterson. “These crooks will saw off your catalytic converter in broad daylight in your own driveway and sell it for $300, but it costs you $2,000 to replace it. It’s time for the state to add additional resources to help put a stop to this.”