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Catalytic Converter Thefts Continue

PORTLAND, Ore. — If you own a car, beware.  Catalytic converter thieves are still on the attack.

They’re quick.  They’re easy.  And they’re targeted.

Thefts have skyrocketed over the past two years… not just in Portland.  Across the country.

Those thieves so bold that Oregon lawmakers passed a new law trying to make it harder to sell the stolen parts, which have valuable precious metals like platinum and palladium.  The law went into effect in January, so it’s too early to tell if its having an effect.

Since January, there have been more than 5,600 reported thefts of car parts or accessories across Portland.  OregonLive notes hotspots like the Buckman neighborhood, the Hollywood district near Northeast Halsey and Sandy Boulevard, Hayden Island, Northwest Portland, and the south waterfront.

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