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Police urge motorists to be vigilant following a spate of catalytic converter thefts

Alert message sent 31/01/2020 13:16:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police is urging motorists to be vigilant following a spate of catalytic converter thefts in Luton.
Thieves target catalytic converters as they contain small amounts of precious metals; platinum, palladium and rhodium.
These elements can only be removed by specialist recycling centres so the reality is that your catalytic converter is being sold on for just a few pounds by the thief. This means that a large number of converters need to be stolen before the thief sees any profit from their activities.
It is highly unlikely that stolen catalytic converters are being presented to licensed scrapyards but instead are taken to illegal ‘pop-up’ sites. You can assist police by reporting any scrapyard or collection vehicle that you suspect may not be operating legally.
Below is some advice that motorists can follow to minimise their chances of becoming a victim of catalytic converter theft:
  • 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 installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle; the type that activate if the vehicle is lifted or tilted are particularly effective.
  • Consider using a catalytic converter protection device or marking system approved by www.securedbydesign.com
  • There are various converter cages on the market but, as far as we can establish, none have received Secured by Design accreditation in the UK. Please research each product carefully and compare prices before buying.
  • If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to police. Obtain as much information as possible, including any associated vehicle registrations.
To report any suspicious behaviour, please call police on 101 or use the online reporting tool on our website.
Always call 999 to report an emergency or if a crime is in progress.
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Julie Allen (Police, Communications Officer, B)

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