The Santa Monica Police Department is advising residents to protect their cars from a rise in catalytic converter thefts. Catalytic converters contain precious metals and can be stolen in minutes with the help of power saws. Thieves are targeting popular models such as the Toyota Prius, Honda RAV-4, Toyota Camry and other SUVs. Park your car in a secure garage or well-lit location when possible, and if you hear any power tools in the middle of the night, report it to your local police department. You can also have the bolts on your converter welded shut as a precaution.
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