Increase in Catalytic Converter Thefts
Written by RADio Newsdesk on March 7, 2019
Article Published on Thursday March 7, 2019 8:26 PM by RADio Newsdesk
- Daventry Area Crime - Increase in Catalytic Converter Thefts
Police in a neighbouring county are warning car owners of an increase in catlalytic converter thefts.
Leicestershire Police are warning all car owns, especially those of older model Toyota Prisus’s after 20 of the vehicles have been stolen in a matter of weeks.
This pattern of organised crime is likely to reach our area soon so everyone in the Daventry District should also take adequate precautions.
Leicestershire Detective Inspector Simon Preston said: “We are seeing an increase in the number of catalytic converter thefts across the force area.
“We believe that this may be linked to the increase in the price of palladium, which is often found in catalytic converters. Across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, we have noticed that thieves appear to be targeting Toyota Priuses.
“I am therefore calling on all car owners to remain vigilant and call police if they see any suspicious vehicles or activity in their area. We need to work closely with local communities to find those responsible.
“If you notice anything untoward, please get in touch.”
A spokesman for Toyota added: “Toyota is fully aware of the issue regarding the older generation of Toyota Prius models.
“This is a national issue at present. As a result, Toyota has recognised this problem when it was brought to their attention and have created a unique catalytic converter lock which can be fitted retrospectively. This special design lock will prevent thefts from occurring.”
What is a Catalytic Converter?
Catalytic Converters are part of your vehicles exhaust system and they contain a core or matrix that is coated with rhodium, platinum and palladium.
These metals heat up as the hot exhaust gases pass over them, and the harmful pollutants are turned into carbon dioxide, nitrogen and water.
Why are they Stolen?
At the end of their useful life, catalytic converters are designed to be recycled. As well as recycling the regular ferrous and non-ferrous metals, our facilities enable us to extract previous minerals including platinum, palladium and rhodium.
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which will amend the law relating to scrap metal dealers. The intent of the Act is to prevent metal theft that can then be sold on for cash via licensing for Scrap Metal Merchants.
However, there are thoughts that organised gangs circumnavigate this by smuggling the Catalytic Converters abroad to foreign countries for scrap.
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