Public Act 22-43, which Gov. Ned Lamont signed into law on May 17, takes aim at the recent rise in catalytic converter thefts by establishing new requirements for businesses that purchase these parts.
The legislation bans motor vehicle recyclers from accepting any catalytic converters that are not attached to a car. Scrap metal processors and junk dealers may still purchase individual converters, but must maintain meticulously-detailed records of where, when, and from whom the part was purchased – including the seller’s name, address, and driver’s license number.
The uptick in converter thefts is not a uniquely Connecticut phenomenon – several other states have proposed similar legislation.
“It’s not uncommon to see property crimes increase during challenging economic circumstances,” said Ken Barone, who researches crime, particularly auto thefts, at the University of Connecticut. “Around 18 to 20 other states have considered similar bills.”
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