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Wilmington Police Warn Of Catalytic Converter Thefts!

Thefts of catalytic converter are approaching epidemic levels here in Wilmington Delaware.

The problem is widespread; across the region and the nation.

This week Wilmington Police told WJBR they continue to receive reports of catalytic converter thefts.

You may of heard people talk about this for a few years now, but do you know what they do?  Well yes, it’s a car part!  According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau;

“A catalytic converter is a device that looks like a small muffler along the exhaust system. It is designed to convert the environmentally hazardous exhaust emitted by the engine and convert them into less harmful gasses. To do this, they use platinum, palladium, or rhodium. In recent years, however, the values of these precious metals have skyrocketed.
Removing a catalytic converter takes only minutes using some basic, readily available battery-operated tools from a local hardware store. For the vehicle owner, it’s costly due to the loss of work, finding and paying for alternate transportation and then paying anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 to get your car fixed.”

Wilmington Police warn of catalytic converter thefts from all over the city.

CARFAX, a leading source of vehicle data, has identified the following vehicles as most likely to have their catalytic converters stolen nationwide:

  • 1985-2021 Ford F-Series

  • 1989-2020 Honda Accord

  • 2007-2017 Jeep Patriot

  • 1990-2022 Ford Econoline

  • 1999-2021 Chevrolet Silverado

  • 2005-2021 Chevrolet Equinox

  • 1997-2020 Honda CR-V

  • 1987-2019 Toyota Camry

  • 2011-2017 Chrysler 200

  • 2001-2021 Toyota Prius

Additionally, the National Crime Bureau offer the following tips;

  • Park vehicles, if possible, in a garage. If not possible, park in well-illuminated areas when possible. Fleet trucks and vehicles should be parked in an enclosed area that is secured, well-illuminated and locked if possible.
  • Consider installing a catalytic converter anti-theft device. These are available from various manufacturers and can provide a level of security from theft. If your car has a security system, ensure the sensitivity is high. This ensures that the alarm will activate if a thief tries to cut off your converter.
  • Installing video surveillance or motion sensor lighting around your garage or driveway is also helpful.

Wilmington Police say report thefts as soon as possible.  Anyone with information about catalytic converter theft incidents can also contact Detective Joran Merced at (302) 576-3637 or .

The Best Breakfast In Delaware And Surrounding States

The Best Breakfast in Delaware And Surrounding States!

The folks at the websites “Yelp” and “Eat This Not That” recently learned and shared where you can find the best breakfast in every state in the United States!

Most days it’s a daily rush to get our kids and ourselves ready for work and school. We may just settle for a breakfast or protein bar, or a bowl of cereal or even worse, no breakfast at all!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! It seems to be something we always rush through. It’s the meal that is the base of getting our day started. But it turns out most of us skip the meal that should energize us for the start of the day.

Then there are those special occasions where we treat ourselves to a breakfast at a local diner or restaurant. A favorite weekend tradition of many is breakfast or brunch out on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

‘Eat This Not That” worked with Yelp by analyzing their Breakfast + Brunch category.

Yelp said:

“This is an all-time list of the best breakfast places in the United States according to Yelp. All the businesses on this list are in the Breakfast + Brunch category. ‘Best’ is measured using an algorithm that looks at the number of reviews and star rating for a business.”

“Eat This Not That” and “Yelp” looked over the top few breakfasts in every state and selected the BEST in each state by exceptional reviews.

Of course, WJBR narrowed down the list to our listening area for your convenience!

Now we present, The Best Breakfast In Delaware And Surrounding States!

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