More than 155,000 catalytic converters were stolen in 2022 according to Carfax. Catalytic converters contain precious metals that help filter out harmful elements from your engine’s exhaust. Thieves steal the converters to either sell them on the black market or melt down the precious metal contained in the converters and sell the metals. Parking lot security guards can prevent thieves from stealing catalytic converts at malls and shopping centers.
Crimes of Opportunity. Thieves who steal catalytic converters do so when they see an easy mark. Cars in parking lots and garages are prime targets. A converter can be stolen and the thieves can be on their way in less than two minutes.
To help protect customer and employee cars from being a target, shopping center and mall owners hire security guards to patrol parking lots and garages.
Guards look for suspicious cars or individuals loitering around parking areas. Guards also act as deterrents. If thieves feel they are being watched, they are less likely to act. A security guard presence also deters other types of crime including car break-ins, car theft and assaults.
Access Patrol Services has been providing shopping center and mall parking security services for over 30 years.
Call APS at 866-770-0004 with questions about security services in California and Arizona or click on https://accesspatrolservice.com.