Catalytic converter logo

A mechanic at Courtesy Chevrolet in Phoenix applies acid to a Safecat sticker on July 20, 2022. The acid will eat into the metal through the perforations in the sticker, etching the code onto the catalytic converter.

PHOENIX — Drivers may not know what catalytic converters do, but it’s clear that they’re valuable. Thefts of the emissions-control devices from under vehicles are skyrocketing across the country, authorities say.

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