CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS

Alert message sent 12/03/2021 14:13:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary


Good Morning. Overnight we had a catalytic converter stolen from under a vehicle at an address off Arklow Drive in Hale Village though this message aimed at all of our readers as there may be a further trend.

The precious metal in catalytic converters has led to an increase in their theft. To keep yours safe, ask your car dealer if they can give you any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer and tested to Sold Secure Gold.

Alternatively, try to make sure your vehicle is parked in a garage overnight, or if you have a commercial vehicle park it in a secure compound. If this isn’t possible, park in an area that’s well-lit and overlooked and try to park so that the convertor can’t be easily reached by potential thieves. Vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.
You should also register your converter and mark it with a forensic marker, which will make it harder for thieves to dispose of.

In recent times offenders have been predominantly targeting hybrid vehicles.
Honda, Toyota, Lexus and Kia cars have been targeted, but other vehicles may also be at risk. Offenders use specialist tools to remove catalytic converters from vehicles and have been doing so in daylight at car parks and other areas where cars are left.
If you see anyone using tools on cars in such places please let us know as soon as possible.

There are an additional number of steps that motorists can take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim, including:
If your car is at high risk, consider marking the metal shell of the converter with a unique mark, so that if it is stolen it will be easier to trace back to your vehicle
If your catalytic converter is bolted on, the bolts can be welded shut – this would not stop a determined thief but would slow them down
Giving some consideration to the way your vehicle is parked could reduce the chances of your catalytic converter being stolen – high and low clearance vehicles being parked close together make it more difficult for a thief to gain access to converters
Good quality lighting will improve natural surveillance and make a thief less likely to be able to remove a catalytic converter without being seen
Leaving your car in an area covered by CCTV may also deter thieves – CCTV systems should be well signed.
 If you see anyone removing catalytic converters or acting suspiciously in your community call 999. If you have any information on such thefts please call Cheshire Constabulary on 101.
Alternatively, information can also be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
 

 
 
Message sent by
Stephen Marnick (Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU Outer PCSO)

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