www.Patch.com, Alex Costello, April 13, 2022

NASSAU COUNTY, NY — The Republican majority of the Nassau County Legislature introduced a law today in the aim of cracking down on catalytic converter thefts from cars.

Under the proposed law, all businesses that purchase catalytic converters would be required to obtain information from the seller, including their ID, a copy of their car title, and the make, model and VIN of the car the part came from. Businesses will be required to keep these records for five years of the purchase date, and they must be made available for inspection upon request by the Nassau County Police Department and Consumer Affairs.

"With theft of catalytic converters on the rise in Nassau County and throughout the country, it is important that we provide our law enforcement with as many tools as possible to stop this activity," Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello said. "This legislation is designed to make it more difficult for thieves to profit from their illegal acts."

A catalytic converter is part of a vehicle's exhaust system. It converts the engine exhaust to less hazardous gases, and uses valuable metals to do so. Catalytic converters can contain platinum, palladium or rhodium, which make them prime targets for thieves, since they can sell the metals for scrap. Nassau County police said that 348 catalytic converters have been reported stolen so far this year.

Thefts of catalytic converters are on the rise across the country. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the number of catalytic converter thefts jumped by more than 300 percent from 2019 to 2020. Statistics show that the most common catalytic converter thefts are from Toyotas, Lexuses and Hondas. Toyota Priuses are also common targets, because they have two converters. Affected cars tend to be parked on streets or in parking lots. Thieves have even gone after new cars in car lots. Continue Article