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Did you know a thief can steal a catalytic converter in a matter of minutes?
Most vehicles have catalytic converters, which can be stolen for the value of the precious metals or illegally re-sold.
We’ve seen a recent spate in catalytic converter thefts across the county.
Thieves tend to target hybrid cars – including models such as the Toyota Prius, Auris, Honda Jazz and Lexus – as the value of their converter is higher and they can be accessed more easily with a jack.
The simplest way to prevent catalytic converter theft is to put your vehicle in a garage or secured area if you have one. Alarms, lighting and CCTV can also help to deter thieves.
Other ways to protect your vehicle include:
In addition, if you are going to be visiting somewhere for a long period of time (e.g. a supermarket), we would advise you to park so it is difficult for thieves to lift your vehicle.
Marking kits can also be purchased, which alls/immovable objects makes it harder for the thieves to lift the vehicle. Also, marking kits are available. Marking can assist police investigations as converters can be tracked back to the vehicle they came from if located.
Please call 101 to report any incident and always dial 999 if you see a crime in action.