How can I prevent thieves from stealing the battery or catalytic converter on my car?

I live in a high-crime area, and I don't have a garage for my vehicle. As a result, I have to park it on the street. I'm worried that someone may try to steal the battery or catalytic converter. What can I do?

Answer
Being proactive about car theft is always a good idea, especially for high-value parts like your battery and catalytic converter.
Here are some steps you can take to ensure that you are protected from theft:
  • Invest in a security system (with cameras). If your car is broken into, video footage of the crime can help your insurance claims process and the legal process.
  • Buy a Cat Shield. A Cat Shield is a metal plate that is fitted over your catalytic converter to make theft nearly impossible.
  • Get comprehensive insurance: Even with additional car security measures, it’s a good idea to get comprehensive coverage, which protects against damage and losses from theft.
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Answered on Oct 26, 2021
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