A Message from Les Conopo – Police Community Support Officer, Daventry and South Northants:
Preventing catalytic converter theft
Catalytic converters are designed to remove toxins from vehicle emissions and contain small amounts of three precious metals: platinum, palladium and rhodium. The value of these metals means the theft of a catalytic converter can provide a substantial return to a thief.
If your catalytic converter is stolen, you’ll know about it because your vehicle will sound different. Transit/Sprinter vans and other high clearance vehicles are especially vulnerable, but there are steps you can take to help prevent this crime.
Advice for motorists:
Where possible, park your vehicle in a locked garage, as close to your home as possible or in a parking spot overlooked by residents
Consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle. Ones that activate if the vehicle is lifted or tilted are particularly effective.
If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to police. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations
Advice for businesses:
Employ defensive parking to ensure vehicles that are most vulnerable to theft are parked where they are least accessible to thieves. Consider blocking high clearance vehicles in with low clearance ones to prevent a would-be thief from getting underneath
Check your perimeter security. Ensuring your business has an appropriate boundary fence will act as a deterrent to opportunist catalytic converter thieves
Use lighting to illuminate areas where an intruder may be seen or attempt to operate
Consider investing in monitored CCTV to provide protection for your vehicle fleet
Check vehicle protection measures you are considering are approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Secured by Design scheme: http://www.securedbydesign.com
If your catalytic converter is stolen, contact police immediately by calling 101.
LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG!
Do you know anything about catalytic converter thefts? Give the charity Crimestoppers information anonymously about the theft or disposal of stolen catalytic converters,
tel. 0800 555111 or http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You could even earn a cash reward up to £1000.