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Police Warning After Spate Of Car Part Thefts

Friday May 18 2012

CRAFTY thieves that are stealing catalytic converters off parked cars are being targeted as part of a police crackdown.

Thieves are targeting the car parts – located in the exhaust system under the vehicle – because of the high value of the precious metals they contain. Depending on the size of the CAT, thieves get between £50 - £250 in scrap value for it - but it can cost thousands to repair.

Acting Detective Sergeant Jamie Henderson said: "If someone drives without a Catalytic Convertor they'll hear an excessively loud revving like a racing car. It can also be very dangerous as fumes may start to come into the vehicle. A trained technician takes several hours to properly remove a CAT, however we are aware of some thieves that literally take seconds to rip them from vehicles leaving them in particularly dangerous conditions and costing upwards of £1000 to repair."

A catalytic converter helps to reduce the emissions coming out of a vehicle and contain precious metals like gold, platinum.

Thieves cut the catalytic converter from the exhaust pipe of a parked car and sell them on to scrap metal dealers.

Police say to make it harder for your car to be targeted, park in well-lit busy areas and mark the metal shell of the converter with a unique mark, so that if it is removed by thieves it will be easier to trace back to your vehicle.

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Reply Posted by Adelefitz on Sunday May 20 2012 at 11:49
And whats happening about all the road legal pit bikes that are getting nicked?

Reply Posted by Gavfr on Sunday May 20 2012 at 13:39
what will making it do? the thief will just cut or grind any marks off and the scrap dealers these scumbags deal with don't care where the metals come from! 

Reply Posted by King Louis on Sunday May 20 2012 at 17:29
said it many times the scrap yards should not be allowed to give out cash...all payments should go into the sellers bank account and that makes selling dodgy gear harder because there is a money trail

Reply Posted by Bevsem on Sunday May 20 2012 at 20:07
My brother in law had his taken two weeks ago - it was parked in a local worsbro garage for repair when it was taken. He still had to fork out the cash to get it repaired. The most worrying thing was that if it hadn't been noticed he has two  beautiful kiddies there that could have been gassed if it hadn't been repaired.

Reply Posted by Cat Buyer on Tuesday June 12 2012 at 08:21
Removing marks Marks/numbers etc on cats can de value them

smart should be used in manufacturing!

Reply Posted by Cat buyer on Tuesday June 12 2012 at 08:22
Smart water!!!!