...stiffer penalties, you know, that hopefully, it deters them,” said Honolulu Crimestoppers Coordinator Chris Kim.
Chong believes this is a step in the right direction.
“I actually think that’s a good positive step to move, because of the fact that if the recyclers are responsible for information or where the catalytic converters from, I think that’ll deter thieves to actually go in and cut these converters off,” said Chong.
Chong added the association is gathering data on catalytic converter theft claims from insurance companies statewide. They want to show just how serious the issue has become.