Author: Steve Schewe

A resident of Minnesota since 1983 and Eden Prairie since 1993, Steve Schewe has a deep interest in public affairs and volunteer leadership. Steve and his wife Beryl have three adult children, and two grandchildren. Steve likes building community, relationships, and sustainable practices with family, friends and colleagues. Steve loves classical music, yoga, and the family farm.

Eden Prairie Local News (EPLN) has recently reported on a rash of catalytic converter thefts: 2021 catalytic converter thefts on pace to triple in Eden PrairieCatalytic converter theft: Targeted cars, theft locations, and legislative options As part of EPLN’s public service mission, you are invited you to take a survey about the issue of catalytic converter theft. The survey will be used to inform the civic discussion about catalytic converter theft in Eden Prairie. The survey is confidential and your information is private. The survey has now closed Note: EPLN collects emails associated with those who take the survey in…

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If your car, truck or bus was robbed recently of its “cat” emissions control device, you’re not alone. Protecting yourself from catalytic converter theft isn’t easy. “Cat” theft accelerating in the U.S. Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) “We have seen a significant increase during the pandemic,” said David Glawe, President and CEO of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). “It’s an opportunistic crime. As the value of the precious metals contained within the catalytic converters continues to increase, so do the number of thefts of these devices. There is a clear connection between times of crisis, limited resources, and…

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Nancy Miller knew she wouldn’t be driving to work. “The engine started way too loud,” she said. Parked overnight last Friday in front of her house off Mill Creek Drive, Miller’s locked Outlander Sport was missing its catalytic converter. A long wait for replacement parts and a big repair bill awaited her. Catalytic converters have been filtering engine pollutants from cars and trucks since the 1970s. Coated inside with precious metals, these canisters are like bags of jewels for thieves as they’re easy to steal from the undercarriage. As demand for converters has increased because of tightening emissions rules, prices…

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