News Story


Recent Catalytic Converter Thefts
11/28/2017 4:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Recent Catalytic Converter Thefts

Report Number:



City of Camarillo

Date & Time:

November 2017

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Police Department, Camarillo Investigative Bureau

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence







Since early November 2017, the county of Ventura and the city of Camarillo have seen an increase in the theft of catalytic converters.  The primary target vehicle has been Honda's and Toyota's between the years 2000 and 2006.  However, a majority of vehicles made after 1975 were manufactured with a catalytic converter to reduce emissions.  This means all vehicle owners who have a car made after 1975 can become a victim. 


The State of California leads the nation in catalytic converter thefts.  Catalytic converters contain a small amount of precious metals like platinum, palladium, and rhodium.  These metals can be worth as much as $1000 dollars an ounce.  The repair cost for replacing a catalytic converter is an average of about $2500 dollars at a certified repair shop.


The Camarillo Police Department wants to raise public awareness regarding catalytic converter thefts.  Make sure to park your car inside or in a well-lit area.  Theft crews who target catalytic converters usually steal from multiple vehicles parked on a street or in a parking lot.  Catalytic converters are vital part of a vehicle's exhaust system.  They are usually cut or detached from underneath the vehicle.  Please make sure to call the Sheriff's Office (805-654-9511) or your local law enforcement agency if you see any suspicious activity.  Callers can remain anonymous.  


Statistical information received for this news story was obtained from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.  


Prepared by:

Deputy Chris Dyer


News Release Date:

November 28, 2017


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Deputy Chris Dyer

(805) 535-0270



Approved by:

Captain Jeremy Paris