Catalytic Converter Thefts Have An Impact On Syracuse Catalytic Converter Thefts Impact on Syracuse

Catalytic Converter thefts have increased in New York State

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)— According to the office of Gov. Kathy Hochul, in New York State, catalytic converter thefts have increased significantly. Specifically, in Onondaga County from February 2021 to February 2022 there were a reported 97 catalytic converter thefts. According to Lt. Matthew Malinowski, Public Information Officer for the Syracuse Police Department, a key factor to help resolve the thefts is the Crime Analysis Center.

“But like any crime trends that we see the Crime Analysis Center can plot all these instances on a map, so we can see where they’re occurring,” said Malinowski. “We can figure out you know kinda what the MO is.”

While the Crime Analysis Center can help determine where the crimes take place, it can also be a tool to determine the number of crimes committed. The center was used to determine the number of catalytic converter thefts in Onondaga county. However, it has not been used to update the numbers recently. Malinowski said this is due to it being a time-consuming process.

“The problem is just like everywhere else there’s staffing issues so it’s severely backed up,” said Malinowski. “A lot of times people want day of information from me and it’s just not possible.”

Although there isn’t any recent data for Onondaga County, the theft has increased throughout the State. To combat the robberies, Hochul has announced that there will be legislation to prevent the crime from occurring. The legislation will focus on dealerships providing etching kits for the converters, so there can be a serial number. It will also force chop shops to keep track of converters every time they are sold.

Malinowski thinks this can be great for Syracuse.

“There’s not much in the way of accountability,” said Malinowski. “We would advocate for if you wanna stop catalytic converter theft then make the punishments for doing such worse.”

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