Thefts from Cars - beware

We have seen a spike in thefts of Catalytic Converters, particularly from Honda Jazz’s, Toyota Prius’ and Transit vans.

These are extremely expensive and thieves are targetting cars and stealing them.

Click on this link for further advice from the Police.

Advice for vehicle owners:

  • Whenever possible, park your vehicle in a garage

  • Alternatively, park in a location that restricts access to the underneath of your vehicle

  • Consider the installation of additional security lighting, but only if there is a realistic chance that the additional light would result in a thief being seen around your vehicle by responsive neighbours and or passersby.

  • If your catalytic converter is of a ‘bolt on’ type consider having the bolts welded

  • Consider the installation of a Video Doorbell / CCTV to protect your vehicles

  • Identify/etch your converter using a proprietary marking and registration system and advertise this fact using windows stickers supplied with the marking system See Property identification - marking, tagging and tracking, Standards for property marking products and services. Note that Retainagroup, who advertise on this website, specialise in vehicle and vehicle component identification.

  • Consider the use of a ‘Cat Clamp’, a product approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers. The clamp surrounds the converter with a cage of aircraft grade stainless steel, locking the converter to the vehicle chassis.

  • If you are a business and operate a fleet of vehicles from a yard improved fencing can help deter a theft. See the Garden Boundaries and Fences section on this website and its subsections. In addition, and if practical, try and block access to vulnerable high ground clearance vehicles with ones of lower clearance.

This additional (edited) advice has kindly be provided to us by Anne Chalmers of Thames Valley Police