What is a Catalytic converter?
The catalytic converter is part of the car’s emissions control system. It cleans up the exhaust gases before they are expelled from the car through the exhaust pipe. Its internal elements react with the gases, breaking them down into less harmful substances and water vapour. All cars sold in Europe since 1993 have had to be fitted with catalytic converter by law.
Why are they a target for thieves?
We understand that in the main, the value of the catalytic converter for recycling is the main attraction to thieves, because they contain precious metals such as rhodium, platinum and palladium.The theft of catalytic converters from cars isn’t a new crime, but it has increased significantly in 2019.
Police forces around the UK, including those in West Yorkshire, London and Nottinghamshire, are advising owners of any car fitted with a catalytic converter to take precautions.
Any car fitted with a catalytic converter could be at risk. In Toyota’s case it is second and third-generation Prius models (2004-2009 and 2009-2016 respectively) and second-generation Auris Hybrids (2012-2018) which have been particular targets for thieves.
We can Supply and FIT Anti Theft Cat Protection Plate to your car to prevent your car from suffering for any unwanted or unforeseen events.
Please call us for a viewing appointment so we can discuss your requirements.
Example of the Plates
Examples of the Anti Theft Protection Plate fitted to Hybrid Cars to protect the Catalytic Converter