Thieves target NYC U-Haul lots, steal 100s of catalytic converters worth nearly $400k
The company has 12 outdoor yards in the Bronx alone, plus Manhattan and Lower Westchester, and location owners have decided they've had enough. In addition to more lighting and surveillance at outdoor locations, converters are being tagged with a substance that can only be seen under blacklight and encased in rebar cages. While those measures could keep thieves off U-Haul lots, seeing that it takes less than a minute to steal an unprotected converter and get $200, we imagine they'll only pop up somewhere else.
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