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World Advice issued on how to keep your car safe as catalytic converter thefts rise by 104% in a year

10:00  21 june  2021
10:00  21 june  2021 Source:   news.sky.com

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How To Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft . There are a few options that may help prevent this type of theft . Some mechanics suggest welding the heads on the catalytic converter bolts — or simply shearing them off. While most owners don't give much thought to their catalytic converter , those with vehicles high off the ground might want to think twice. It's always wiser to park in well-lit or protected public parking lots, and to park your car in your home garage if possible. Owners whose vehicles have easy clearance underneath might want to take it a step further with an aftermarket

An increase in catalytic converters thefts has particularly affected hybrid cars such as the Prius. Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in theft of catalytic converters from cars . Here’s what you need to know – including how to reduce the risk of catalytic converter theft from your car . In a candid assessment issued "at the start of what may be the final week of trade negotiations", Number

Thefts of catalytic converters have surged by more than 100% in a year, according to new research.

Catalytic converter thefts increased during 2019 and 2020 © Other Catalytic converter thefts increased during 2019 and 2020

Data from 25 police forces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland obtained by consumer organisation Which? reveals incidents of thefts surged 104% between 2019 and 2020.

North Wales had the highest spike in cases, rising from nine in 2019 to 46 in 2020 - an increase of 411%.

Meanwhile, the data showed that the West Midlands had the highest number of cases in 2020, with 1,626.

But there were no incidents reported in the City of London, and the biggest drop in catalytic converter thefts was recorded in Cumbria - falling to 17 from 41.

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Catalytic converters are sought after because they contain precious metals like platinum, rhodium, and palladium. Thieves can sell the converters to unregulated scrap yards for around 0 each depending on size and the quality of the metal inside. The number of catalytic converter thefts that occur in the Here are 6 tips to prevent catalytic converter theft . Park in well-lit areas. Park close to building entrances or the nearest road in public parking lots. This leaves your car in a location where many people can see it. If you have a personal garage, keep your car parked inside with the door shut.

This is the moment thieves steal a catalytic converter while they holding up daytime traffic in Newham, east London. This clip was posted on social media last Friday.

A total of 5,857 cases occurred across the 25 areas in 2020.

Thieves target older petrol-hybrid vehicles more than other types because the hybrid system means the catalyst has a lower workload, meaning it is in better condition.

According to Which?, older hybrids, such as the previous generation of the Toyota Prius and Auris, and the Honda Jazz hybrid models, are particularly at risk of being stolen due to their higher concentration of precious metals.

A Honda spokesman said: "Honda UK recommends owners of these cars follow the advice given by police.

"This advice includes parking inside a locked garage, near walls or other vehicles to make it harder to get underneath the car. All Honda vehicles currently on sale are fitted with Thatcham-approved alarms as standard."

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A catalytic converter is used to help reduce vehicle pollution by controlling and converting the exhaust emissions from your vehicle into less toxic substances. They are usually made of up two ceramic blocks which are coated with precious metals like platinum, palladium and rhodium – which is what makes them attractive to If a garage is not an option, then try to park your car in a busy and well-lit area. Try to park close to walls, fences, hedges or a kerb to make the theft more difficult – the exhaust should be closest to the fence/wall so thieves cannot easily get underneath that side of the car .

St. Louis catalytic converter thefts were eight times higher in 2020 than years past. Lexington, SC and Wichita, KS both reported triple their typical numbers for 2020. Some cities don’t have detailed data available, but in general, the numbers are up across the board. Prices for the valuable and precious metals needed for emissions controls found inside catalytic converters are rising . They can slide underneath a car and saw it out quickly, then slip away into the night. The easiest and best defense could be parking your car in a lit area that has surveillance cameras on the watch.

A Toyota spokesman said: "Catalytic converter theft is a serious problem in the UK and its effect on victims is emotional as well as financial.

"We continue to do all we can both as a manufacturer and working with police and others to help put an end to this crime. But ultimately as a car company our scope of action is always going to be limited."

Which? magazine editor Harry Rose advised car owners to consider installing traceable marking tools and a Catloc on the vehicle's converter, or park in an area covered by CCTV, in a bid to deter thieves.

a close up of a car: Honda advises drivers to park in a locked garage, near walls or other vehicles to make it harder to get underneath the car © Getty Honda advises drivers to park in a locked garage, near walls or other vehicles to make it harder to get underneath the car

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