Rising Platinum = Rising Problem

 - Aug 3, 2008
References: autoblog
Here's a problem you never anticipated: catalytic converter theft. In short your catalytic converter reduces pollution and keeps your car running smoothly. It does this by filtering out the carbon monoxide using a platinum filter.

With plutonium costs skyrocketing, catalytic converter theft is on the rise... Bandits (especially in Europe) sneak up to your car and remove the converter rendering your car a useless eco-hazard. Snap.

This rising trend has pushed Ford to begin adding serial numbers to each catalytic converter. In the UK, you can get a serial number added for around 11 pounds.