A focus of vehicle related crime has been vehicle / metal related - with catalytic convertors being the favourite.
Catalytic converter thefts typically happen to vehicles that are parked for prolonged periods in car parks, such as shopping centres or company parking areas. Thefts have occured even in broad daylight on busy streets.
Vehicles that sit higher from the ground, such as vans and 4 X 4s are particularly vulnerable to catalytic converter theft because thieves can slide underneath without having to jack up the vehicle to gain access to the converter. With just a few cuts of a battery-powered saw, the catalytic converter can be stolen in less than a minute.
There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of your catalytic converter being stolen.
- Park your vehicle in a locked garage when it's unattended
- If it's not possible to garage your vehicle, park it in a busy well-lit area as close to your property as posssible
- If you see anyone working under vehicles, and they are acting suspiciously, report it to the police
- For business fleets, consider good quality, strong perimeter fencing and try defensive parking (If you have a fleet of vehicles, block those with high ground clearance using vehicles with low clearance to obstruct access underneath the vehicle). Install and monitor CCTV and / or compound alarm systems
- Mark your catalytic converter with a marking and registration system (e.g.www.retainagroup.com)
- Fix a catalytic converter security device (e.g. 'Cat Clamp Maxx' available from www.catsafe.org.uk)
- Fit a Catalytic Converter alarm system (e.g. www.fuelshield.co.uk)