Exceptionally cheap catalytiv converter theft deterrant...

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  1. fuzzy1

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    What police report? What TV reporter? I'm not seeing evidence that either group is sufficiently interested in this issue to be a primary concern to the thieves. Both police and reporters have much higher priorities than cat thieves right now. And cat thieves have higher risk of getting caught by an angry car owner or neighbor armed with a gun / ax / tire iron / another vehicle to run them over, than by police or reporters.
    Honest scrap dealers are not the only available markets for cat thieves to sell their wares.
     
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    A similar approach to this issue could be taken from the Amazon poop bomb packAge thief special.

    Im sure they would love glitter bombs and human feces flying in their face when they go to hack a cat
     
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    Correct! That's why thieves prefer and go after Prius cats, although high ground clearance trucks and SUV's allow easier access.
     
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    So painting it orange isn't going to help if thieves prefer Prius cats because they are larger and have more metals inside.

    I don't keep my Big Gulp cup after I drink the Coke!
     
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    Won't hurt, either.

    It's like Operation Fortitude, where Patton was put in charge of the First Army Group before the Normandy Invasion. It fooled the Germans into believing the invasion was going to be as the Pas de Calais. That diversion tided up many German troops who could have successfully repelled the invasion.

    Fortitude was cheap for the numbers of lives saved.

    The same thing happened with Operation Mincemeat and the wasted German troops tied up in Norway and the Channel Islands fortresses.
     
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    You can always repaint the cat conv over the orange paint with the color black and no one would know it was orange before.

    Disclaimer- this reply may not apply in all situations.
     
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    I've seen the cable style protectors, has anyone made a tension release device that would trigger pepper spray? Plenty of space for a large reservoir of pepper spray around the cat, large enough to provide continuous spray for several minutes! Very few people would continue trying to hack through to the cat when covered with pepper spray.
     
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    Thieves are after the precious metals inside the cat. They could care less what color it is.Theirs no market for seling the cat.

    if your really worried just buy one of the plates I posted. they have anti theft hardware too.
     
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    So this would be trying to deceive thieves into believing that it might be riskier to transport and sell stolen cats. It might work on some beginner thieves who haven't yet scouted out a suitable fence to take the cats, but not on any organized rings such as has seriously depleted the London area of Prius cats.
     
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    Generation 3 cats take a lot more work to steal than those of Gen 2, Four cuts must be made just to remove the resonator and heat exchanger. The remover under the car will definitely be drenched in smelly or even hot red engine coolant which might cause second degree burns.

    That is before the cat can be unbolted from the manifold. The bolts that are nearly straight back on a Gen 2 cat, are tilted at a steeper angle and harder to remove than on a Gen 3.

    And, this needs to be done in a pool of slippery smelly red coolant.

    Check out this failed attempt;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06HvMEVKdwg

    I posted a diagram of where the cuts on a Gen 3 exhaust needs to be made, but Priuschat took it down.
     
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