The issue has become so dire that as of February 2021, 18 states have started evaluating if legislative action is necessary to stymie catalytic converter theft, according to NICB. (Credit: Kim2480/WikiCommon) As of February 2021, 18 states were evaluating whether legislative action is necessary to stymie catalytic converter theft, according to the NICB. (Credit: Kim2480/WikiCommon)

Since March 2020, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) found an average of 1,200 incidents of catalytic converter theft in the U.S. per month. This is a marked uptick from an average of 282 monthly catalytic converter thefts in 2019.

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