Hawaii Implements New Law to Combat Catalytic Converter Theft

Hawaii Implements New Law to Combat Catalytic Converter Theft

Hawaii has introduced a new law aimed at addressing the issue of catalytic converter theft. The law, which came into effect this year, targets both the sale and theft of catalytic converters across the island state. Under the new legislation, individuals looking to sell catalytic converters in Hawaii must provide photo identification, sign a form confirming that the converter was not stolen, and fulfill other essential requirements.

The impact of the new law is evident, as businesses like Yama’s Auto Care have reported a significant decrease in customers needing replacement catalytic converters. Mark Yamauchi, the owner of Yama’s Auto Care, stated that he used to handle two to three replacements per month, but has only done a couple this year.

The Honolulu Police Department has also observed a decline in catalytic converter thefts. In 2022 and 2021, there were 1,602 and 2,008 reports of theft, respectively. However, in 2023, there have been only 119 reported thefts so far.

Hawaii is not the only state taking action against catalytic converter theft. States like Arkansas, South Carolina, and Texas require scrap merchants to track the origin of catalytic converters they purchase. Additionally, Minnesota has established a dedicated task force responsible for investigating and prosecuting such crimes.

These efforts, along with the implementation of similar programs, aim to reduce the number of catalytic converters stolen each year in the United States, which was estimated to be over 150,000 in 2022.


Author: CrimeDoor

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