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messageCatalytic converter thefts - heads up (September 2019)
Posted by Penguin68 September 11, 12:32PM

I have just heard (from my garage) that there is a spate of CAT thefts both locally and wider in London - leading to 3 month waiting lists for some spares! Police rumour has it that an Eastern European gang is behind many of these - the converters are removed on the street - cut-out quite brutally, with sensors taken as well (which is where the shortage is). If you see people working under cars (obviously particularly at night) - call the cops!

Although replacement costs to car owners (or their insurers, if they are prepared to pay) will be close to 1000 when the costs of parts (600 for a CAT, plus the sensors and electronics) and labour are taken into account, the thieves are probably only getting 40-60 for what they steal! [NB as the repair costs are so high, insurers will often try to write-off the vehicles based on their assessment of on-street value - and they pay-out only the cost over the excess anyway].

It looks like its the CATs themselves, and not just the platinum in them, that are now the target, as they are also taking sensors.

messageRe: Catalytic converter thefts - heads up (September 2019)
Posted by kford September 11, 12:55PM

Heard a few Toyota Priuses honking around without exhausts attached. Must be a target car.

messageRe: Catalytic converter thefts - heads up (September 2019)
Posted by Bumpkin September 13, 08:13AM

We had one stolen from our Toyota Prius a couple of months ago, was v expensive to replace as Penguin says. Only good thing was that Kwik Fit were fantastic at sorting it, had a new one in within the day. They said Sainsbury's car park had 3 cards affected in one day alone (that they knew of!). It's a regular trade for them now apparently.

The Sainsbury's cars were all the same make but not Toyota (can't remember now), so it's not just Prius'.



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messageRe: Catalytic converter thefts - heads up (September 2019)
Posted by Steffie2411 Yesterday, 10:06AM

Witnessed 3 men do just this yesterday on north cross road/upland road. In the middle of the day may I add! Just before school run. I only noticed because they looked very shifty/nervous and were wearing duffel coats and caps and I couldn't understand why there was a 3rd man in there get away car with the engine on! Please be vigilant even in the day time!

messageRe: Catalytic converter thefts - heads up (September 2019)
Posted by mikeb Yesterday, 01:33PM

I heard confirmation of this from a garage too yesterday. Not sure there is much you can do except to call the police. Or challenge dodgy-looking characters if you're feeling brave.

messageRe: Catalytic converter thefts - heads up (September 2019)
Posted by Sue Yesterday, 05:08PM

Steffie2411 Wrote:
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> Witnessed 3 men do just this yesterday on north
> cross road/upland road. In the middle of the day
> may I add! Just before school run. I only noticed
> because they looked very shifty/nervous and were
> wearing duffel coats and caps and I couldn't
> understand why there was a 3rd man in there get
> away car with the engine on! Please be vigilant
> even in the day time!


Did you get the reg number of the car?

messageRe: Catalytic converter thefts - heads up (September 2019)
Posted by Steffie2411 Yesterday, 05:46PM

Yes. Gave it to the police and to the owner

messageRe: Catalytic converter thefts - heads up (September 2019)
Posted by Sue Yesterday, 11:30PM

Steffie2411 Wrote:
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> Yes. Gave it to the police and to the owner

Great! Hope they catch the bastards!

messageRe: Catalytic converter thefts - heads up (September 2019)
Posted by ianr Today, 12:24AM

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messageRe: Catalytic converter thefts - heads up (September 2019)
Posted by Penguin68 Today, 08:44AM

It looks like its the CATs themselves, and not just the platinum in them, that are now the target, as they are also taking sensors.

I've now been told that the sensors being taken may simply be because that's easier than leaving them behind for some CATs - it may still be just the platinum in the converter that's the target. The cars being targeted are the ones with the most readily accessible CATs for this type of road-side theft.

And yes, as others have also said, all we can do is look out for our neighbours and call the police if we see something suspicious. But at least we know that something untoward is happening out there and can be alert for it.



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