Stop the Illegal Sales of Catalytic Converters on OfferUp!

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45 seconds. That's all it takes to cost a car owner thousands of dollars. This is the stark reality of the recent spike in catalytic converter thefts. In 2009, there were a total of 13 catalytic converter thefts in Seattle, Washington. That  number skyrocketed to over 700 catalytic converter thefts in 2020 in the Seattle area. That is just one year and in just one city.This is a crisis that needs our attention in every state on a much bigger scale.

It's a common misconception to think this only happens to Toyota Prius owners, because it's happening to every model of car manufactured after 1975. Victims of this crime are left to pay out thousands of dollars to repair their vehicles. 

In these difficult times, we rely on our vehicles more than ever. Our vehicles get us from point A to point B but also serve as a means to shelter us during this unparalleled period of time.

All to often, the criminals responsible for catalytic converter thefts are never brought to justice. Due to the backup in our court systems, the thieves receive a measly day in jail, making the risk of repeat offending outstandingly high. 

The purpose of this petition is to prevent the sale of catalytic converters on popular online marketplaces, mainly, OfferUp.

IF PEOPLE WERE NOT BUYING THEM, PEOPLE WOULD NOT BE STEALING THEM.

With your signature, we can help stop the illegal sale, unauthorized retailers, and with your help we will decrease the amount of catalytic converter thefts. Please consider signing this petition if you agree with putting an end to catalytic converter thefts. Thank you for reading!