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Local police discuss preventing catalytic converter thefts

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CANTON, Mo. (WGEM) -- Police in Canton, Missouri said even though they have two people in custody on charges related to catalytic converter thefts, a big factor in these thefts is still at play.

Canton police said catalytic converter thieves slip under cars with decent clearance, cutting away your catalytic converter and try to turn it into cash.

Canton Police Chief Ryan Crandell said the catalytic converter filter contains precious metals, including platinum, that he said salvagers pay well for, and he said over the past year, that price has gone up.

He said locally, vehicles that were out of the way and easy to get to unnoticed were common victims.

According to Chief Crandell, there's some steps you can take to prevent yourself from being a victim.

"Get a motion sensor light, that helps because anytime there's light on anything bad guys don't want to come around. Keep your vehicles insured, and keep them in a high visibility area where there's lots of traffic," said Crandell.

Chief Crandell said if you have one, a garage is also a good option.

If you don't, parking under street lights on busier streets may also help ward off potential thieves.

Chief Crandell said they worked with the Lewis County Sheriff's office to arrest the two suspects they have in custody.

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