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Catalytic Converter Thefts

Alert message sent 02/12/2020 09:07:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

We have received reports of catalytic converter thefts in the Henley on Thames area.

Thieves appear to be targeting slightly older Hondas and Toyotas as the catalytic converters are easy to remove.

Catalytic converters are designed to remove toxins from vehicle emissions. The device contains small amounts of precious metals. The price of these metals has soared in recent years which means catalytic converters can provide a substantial return to a thief for just a few minutes work.

The police are actively investigating these crimes.

However, here are some things you can do to reduce the chances of your vehicle being targeted:
  • Where possible, park in your garage
  • Alternatively, park in a location that restricts access underneath your vehicle
  • Consider security lighting If your catalytic converter is ‘bolt on,’ you can have the bolts welded shut.
  • Consider the installation of CCTV to protect your vehicle
  • Identify/etch your converter with a unique serial number and advertise that the vehicle has been protected (window stickers)
  • Remain vigilant and report all suspicious people and vehicles online or by calling 101 (call 999 if a crime is occurring at that time).
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Emma Tarry (Police, Communications Officer, Thames Valley)

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