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Thefts of catalytic converters

Alert message sent 29/04/2021 08:36:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Catalytic Converter Thefts

Recent weeks have seen a spate of catalytic converter thefts in the Meon Valley area.

Precious metals such as rhodium, platinum and palladium are used in catalytic converters. The price of these metals has risen sharply in recent years and as a result has led to an increase in the theft of catalytic converters. Hybrid vehicles, vans, SUVs and 4x4s are the most commonly targeted vehicles.
Tips to reduce risk of having your catalytic converter stolen:

Locks: Ask your manufacturer or dealership for advice on adding locks/guards for protection. Products will need to be approved by the vehicle manufacturer, also inform your insurance company of any vehicle modifications.

Marking: Security marking of catalytic converters is possible with a heat resistant marking system which is best applied by a garage when being serviced.

Parking: Park in a secure, well-lit area. Speak to your dealership to find out the position of your catalytic converter and advice on defensive parking.
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Barry Towler (Police, PCSO, Winchester district)

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