Wallingford sees rise in catalytic converter theft – NBC Connecticut

Wallingford’s North Plains Industrial Road is full of traffic and businesses. And this year, it has become a prime target for thieves.

“We have businesses on the streets that are affected every day. We, our own company, have been affected a number of times now, ”said Nick Clark, Manager of the Plaza Service Center.

Clark said stealing a catalytic converter from a car can take less than 30 seconds but can cost thousands of dollars to repair. And due to supply issues, it may take days or months to obtain the necessary parts.

“Since the summer we’ve had vehicles waiting in our backyard for catalytic converters that we just can’t get parts for,” Clark said.

Catalytic converters are stolen for the precious metals inside. It is a theft according to the police which has increased considerably with 62 reports made since October alone. Police said most of them were on commercial properties and that is not slowing down.

“I guess there are several groups of people who commit these thefts. There isn’t one particular group that’s responsible, ”Wallingford Police Sgt. Stephen Jaques said.

Police said this was happening statewide and are teaming up with law enforcement to combat it.

In the meantime, authorities recommend keeping your car in a locked garage if you have one and installing a surveillance system.

“If you have a business, try to park your vehicles in some sort of well-lit area close to the public so that if something happens someone passing by can say something,” Jaques said.

Clark said they took every precaution, along with many others on the road. But every day, businesses wonder if they will be the next victim.

The companies we’ve spoken to say they’ve certainly seen an increased police presence in the area. The police department also asks anyone who sees something suspicious to call them.