Pittsburgh police are warning residents and visitors of the rising number of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles.
So far in 2022, police said as many as 65 catalytic converters have been reported stolen, many of them from box trucks and a large number from Toyota Prius vehicles.
They contain three precious metals — platinum, palladium and rhodium. The metals are recovered and sold on the underground market.
Police are warning vehicle owners to be observant, as these thefts are being reported in every police zone in the city, with the majority of them taking place sometime between midnight and 5 a.m.
The public should also be aware of any vans or trucks they don’t normally see in their neighborhoods, as thieves often work in tandem.
They also encourage neighbors to share information and, where possible, train any home security cameras toward parked vehicles.
Police are investigating multiple cases, pending arrests. Any suspicious activity should be reported to 911 immediately.