United Milwaukee Scrap LLC has hired an armed security service to watch the scrap yard at night after losing more than $300,000 worth of recyclable materials last year.
Wisconsin ping: In England they were stealing the lead roofs off of churches last year...
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A friend of mine had his hacksawed off. It cost him over $400 to have a new one put on.
Around here, thieves use battery powered sawzalls. You can cut one of in about two minutes. Pickups and SUV’s are the target of choice because you can crawl under them easily. To slow these thefts down, you have to now prove you own all scrap metal to sell it. Not real sure how you do that. There all also smelters popping up where you can have different metals melted down. People are stealing man hole covers, drain covers and everything else not welded down.
I do not believe that propane or natural gas fueled vehicles NEED a catalytic converter to comply with Federal or even California emission requirements. That source of fuel just burns that much cleaner to begin with.
Catalytic converters were a compromise, and their adoption also forced the removal of tetraethyl lead from motor fuel.
Setting up the engine fueling for absolutely stoichiometric combustion, in which there is complete combustion of the fuel, is theoretically possible, but difficult to achieve consistently in practice, particularly in internal combustion engines which operate at varying degrees of load and operating speeds.
Can I just remove the converter from my cars and have the pipes joined with a plain section of muffler pipe?
The Baraqqi Depression grinds on.
The catcon theft biz must be fairly profitable.
This happens a lot in Indianapolis also.
It seems to me that the pinch-point of all of this are the scrap yards. They are buying stuff that they know is stolen and appear to be doing so with impunity. Come down hard on them and the 2nd hand market dries up. If the bad guys can’t sell it they won’t be as inclined to steal it.
Why is that so hard?