Cambridge Police report the Prius-heavy city is now in in its second wave of thefts of expensive catalytic converters from 2004-2009 Toyota Priuses.
After a series of thefts were reported by residents primarily in the Cambridgeport neighborhood between January 16-17, another surge of thefts has occurred in the Wellington-Harrington and East Cambridge neighborhoods over the last two weeks.
The thieves are targeting those Gen 2 Prii because their catalytic converters are both valuable for scrap and because they're particularly easy to disconnect. Among CPD tips:
- Install a catalytic converter-specific security device, or have the catalytic converter welded to the vehicle’s frame. You can also engrave your vehicle’s VIN number on the catalytic converter.
- Adjust the security system on your vehicle, if already installed, to activate from vibrations, such as those produced by a saw.