How UCF research could crack down on catalytic converter thefts

ORLANDO, Fla. — A group at the University of Central Florida hopes their research makes cars less alluring to crooks stealing pricey catalytic converters from cars.

At UCF, catalytic converters have been a focus for the police department. They had a string of thieves ripping off the car parts for the expensive, precious metals inside UCF.

In 2022, public data shows that thefts were 540% higher nationwide than in all of 2020.

As a result, UCF researchers are working to lessen the metals needed in the car parts and get the same results using just single atoms of platinum.

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