Notable rise in the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles

13th Jan 2021 | Car Theft

With considerable coverage in local and national news, the theft of catalytic converters is becoming a considerable worry for many.
In Hertfordshire alone, on average, nearly one hundred catalytic converters are being reported stolen each month. It takes thieves minutes to remove the vehicle part from the undercarriage of the vehicle leaving many unsuspecting victims out of pocket for costly replacement parts.

Thieves are targeting specific hybrid models such as the pre-2008 Honda Jazz, Toyota Prius (2004-2016) and Toyota Arius (2012-2018). The valuable metal inside the catalytic converters is becoming increasingly attractive to criminals given the relative ease in which they part can be removed and sold on.

For more information on Catalytic Converter thefts, see the Herts Police article here.

In line with advice from the Hertfordshire Constabulary, of whom LSS London shares a Information Sharing Agreement, here are some things you can do to reduce the risk of the catalytic converter being stolen from your vehicle:

  • Lock your car whenever it is left unattended and keep it in a garage when parked at night if possible.
  • When using a garage is not possible, park close to fences, walls or a kerb with the exhaust being closest to the fence, wall or kerb to make theft difficult.
  • Consider fitting CCTV on your home or driveway, to help deter thieves.
  • Use PIR or LED security lighting to make your vehicle more visible and this can also act as a deterrent.
  • If your catalytic converter is bolted on, consider having the bolts welded to make removal difficult.
  • Fit protective coverings on catalytic converters, such as the Toyota manufactured CATLOC device, (these are made for Toyota Prius made between 2004 and 2009) as these can make it much more difficult for thieves.
  • Have your catalytic converter etched or forensically marked, and put stickers in the windscreen to say this has been done.
  • Look for car parks with a Secured Car Park sign which have recognised levels of security. If you have a garage at home, ensure you use it and lock it properly.
  • Noisy gravel on your drive can help deter a would-be thief, as they don’t want to alert you to their approach.
  • Never leave valuable items or tools on display in your vehicle as this may encourage a thief to break in.

If you’re concerned about Catalytic Converter theft from your vehicle, contact LSS today for more information on the measures you can put in place to prevent this happening. Our brand new ProResponse+ service could also help stop crimes in progress. Find out more about ProResponse+ by clicking here.

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