A new law implemented in Hawaii has helped dramatically curb catalytic converter thefts, Jalopnik reports.
Catalytic converter thefts were first categorized as a Class C felony in Hawaii in 2022. Then, at the beginning of 2023, the state imposed stricter measures on the sale of catalytic converters.
Now, to sell a catalytic converter in Hawaii, merchants must present a photo ID and sign a form stating the part was not stolen among other requirements.
According to the Honolulu Police Department, while 2021 saw 2,008 thefts and 2022 had 1,602, this year only 119 reports of stolen catalytic converters have been received, marking a significant difference.
Hawaii shop owners have also noticed a decline in thefts. Mark Yamauchi, owner of Yama’s Auto Care, told KRON 4 that his shop has only had to replace a couple this entire year, compared to receiving two or three cases a month in prior years.
Hawaii joins other states such as Arkansas, South Carolina, and Texas in requiring those who sell catalytic converters to keep a record of where and how the parts were acquired. Minnesota recently implemented its own Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention Program, an entity entirely dedicated to investigating and prosecuting thefts of the part.