Thames Valley Police is urging owners of vehicles to take
additional security measures following an increasing number of thefts of
catalytic converters. Cars particularly targeted recently have been Honda Jazz,
Honda Civic, Honda CRV, Toyota Prius, Toyota Auris and Lexus RX400.
In many cases, offenders use car jacks to lift the
vehicle and are able to remove the catalytic converter in a matter of
The following advice is provided for all vehicle owners.
Defensive Parking – Where possible park in your
garage. If not try to park next to
a high curb or other area that restricts access underneath your vehicle on the
side where the exhaust is fitted. If possible park in a well lit area or
consider security lighting. When parking in a car park avoid parking at the end
of a row if possible to make access more difficult for offenders.
CCTV – Consider
installing a CCTV system to cover your vehicle as a deterrent.
Welded Bolts – If
your catalytic converter is a “bolt on” it is possible to have the bolts welded
Catalytic Converter Protective Sleeves/clamps – Consider fitting a specialist
protective cover or clamp to your vehicle to make life
more difficult for an offender. Contact your vehicle dealership for options.
Alarm System – Consider fitting a specific catalytic converter alarm to warn of any
tamper attempts. Some alarms can send a text message to your phone and activate
a siren and flashing lights. If possible choose a Thatcham approved product
www.thatcham.org Some alarms can also provide lift and tilt detection which
offer effective protection.
Identify/etch your converter – Consider permanently marking your
catalytic converter to make it less desirable for criminals to steal and sell
on. The RetainaGroup
offer a kit consisting of a virtually indestructible sticker, metal marking
fluid and a window sticker (to warn thieves that the catalytic converter
carries an identification mark). Each mark contains a seven digit code and a 24
hour telephone number for the International Security
Register who store the code against vehicle details. A catalytic marking kit
can be ordered from the following secure link: www.retainagroup.com or by
phoning 01233 333000.
There is also further crime prevention advice on the
Thames Valley Police website at www.thamesvalley.police.uk
If you have any information on crime, you can contact
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or Thames Valley Police on 101. For a
crime in progress please call 999 immediately.