Product Options For
Catalytic Converter Theft Protection
The first thing to realize when considering a product to physically protect your catalytic converter is that with enough time and effort, any product you choose can be defeated. These products are deterrents, just like door locks, requiring the thief to invest more time and effort. The biggest advantage of using these products is the heightened probability that the thief does not even try, just moves on to an easier target. If that does not happen, it is just a question of how bad they want the converter.
Below is a generic discussion of your product choices and a brief discussion of their characteristics.
NOTE: The Cateye Alarm System is compatible with all the options listed below. It is the world's only product that goes beyond the physical deterrent. It is extremely loud. It converters the undercarriage of your vehicle into an eco-chamber, intensifying sound levels still more to the point that they have only seconds to defeat the deterrent product.
Pain will drive them out.
So loud it makes them sick!!
This type of product consists of a plate of thin wall metal that is designed o prevent access to the catalytic converter by providing a physical barrier. While it is a legitimate deterrent, note that the thin wall metal construction is exactly like the exhaust pipes - and thus the thief comes equipped with the exact type of cutting tools necessary to efficiently cut it. In addition, by it's very design, it is easily accessible and flat, making it prone to the most powerful cutting tools - rotary cut-off saws.
This type of product consists of a pair of clamps on either side of the converter that retain a series of cables which are routed around that frame. They tend to be bulky, require significant space, and are prone to rattle noises due to exposed metal cables.
In order to remove the converter, the thief must first contend with these cables, cutting them one at a time at the point at which they are clamped down. While a legitimate deterrent, once again the thief comes equipped with the type of cutting tool that can efficiently cut through these single cables, all of which are readily accessible
The Catstrap consists of a series of cables of dissimilar metal laying parallel to one another contained within a high temperature aluminum shell. The thief can not see them, gauge any progress as the cutting effort progresses. The thief is forced to cut all the cables simultaneously - over an inch and a half of surface area. This creates a mismatch with their cutting blade selected to efficiently cut through thin wall steel (exhaust pipes). It can not dispose of the cut metal, overheats, and dulls. Properly installed, the strap must be cut twice, on either side of the converter.
While not impossible to cut through, it will take more than one blade, and drastically increase the time required to gain access to the converter. We've sold thousands, with an excellent track record.