29th Jun, 2022

Cops warn motorists over catalytic converter thefts

John Carlon 29th Jan, 2020

WEST Midlands Police are warning car owners to be on guard after a recent spate of catalytic converter thefts.

Most cars have catalytic converters, which police say are stolen for the value of the metal or are illegally re-sold.

In a car’s exhaust system, catalytic converters clean up harmful gases before they exit the exhaust pipe.

The force has advised vehicle owners to be vigilant and consider taking safety measures to protect their cars and offer the following advice:

“The simplest way to prevent catalytic converter theft is to park in a garage if you have one or park in a well-lit busy area. You could also:

• Take manufacturers advice, but consider fitting a protection device made specifically to cover the catalytic converter

• Use your vehicles alarm or install a Thatcham approved alarm. The alarm should detect and activate if the vehicle is tilted or lifted

For more general prevention advice on car crime and to keep your vehicle safe check out: https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/theft-motor-vehicle-0/#prevention

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