Green Bay company develops device to help prevent catalytic converter theft

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Our recent reports of catalytic converter thefts in the area are prompting a Green Bay company that developed an anti-theft device to reach out and help.

“This is a serious problem and it continues to grow, and those are just the ones that are being reported,” said Jeff Pierquet, vice president of sales and marketing at Vehicle Security Innovators.

A growing problem of catalytic converter theft in our community. As Action 2 News reported on an incident this spring at ASPIRO, a Green Bay nonprofit, who had four catalytic converters stolen from their disability vans. Stolen car parts can cost around $1,500 each to replace.

Now Vehicle Security Innovators, a Green Bay auto parts maker, says it has a solution.

“We’ve developed a device that we call CAT-RAP, which basically encapsulates the catalytic converter under the vehicle. It’s designed to frustrate a thief and buy them enough time to move on to an easier target. But what’s really unique is that it is universal, so the average consumer can install it themselves, at a very lost cost,” said Pierquet.

After six months of developing what they call a universal security solution to protect catalytic converters, Vehicle Security Innovators officially launched the device last week, called “CAT-RAP.”

The company partnered with ASPIRO, after becoming aware of the theft issues when we reported them in April, and they have been testing their product in ASPIRO vehicles for about a month now.

“It wraps the converter in steel cables and one of the challenges is getting it right so it doesn’t vibrate. But they did a phenomenal job and it was no problem. It’s extremely difficult to get the converter out if you try to steal it,” said Lincoln Burr, president of ASPIRO.

Burr says that since installing the device, they haven’t lost a catalytic converter in their fleet.

“They’ve put it in multiple vehicles, we’ve had absolutely no issues, and so far it’s worked. I think we’re probably looking at doing the rest of the fleet over time,” explained Burr.

Anyone interested in the device can find more information here.

Vehicle Security Innovators in Green Bay responded to an increase in catalytic converter thefts and donated to Aspiro, which had four converters stolen

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