Crime Prevention Advice - Thefts Of Catalytic Converters

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

Consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle. Ones that activate if the vehicle is lifted or tilted are particularly effective

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 using a catalytic converter protection device or marking system approved by www.securedbydesign.com.

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

Check your perimeter security. Ensuring your business has an appropriate boundary fence will act as a deterrent to opportunist catalytic converter thieves

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.

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: www.securedbydesign.com

If your catalytic converter is stolen, contact police immediately by calling 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to police you can contact the

Independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

For more advice on how to keep your home safe, visit the Thames Valley Police website.

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/

Message Sent By David Huckle (Police, PCSO, Milton Keynes)