South Yorkshire Police issues advice after rise in catalytic converter thefts
Motorists in South Yorkshire have been urged to protect their vehicles following an increase in thefts of catalytic converters.
The devices, which clean up harmful gases before they exit the exhaust pipe, are being stolen by thieves cashing in on the value of precious metals used in them.
Kelly Reeder, a speech and language therapist from Crookes, had a catalytic converter stolen from her Honda Jazz when she parked her car on Horndean Road, close to the Northern General Hospital, earlier this month.
The theft is one of a rising number reported to South Yorkshire Police.
The force said: “We are aware of some recent reports in relation to catalytic converters being stolen from vehicles across South Yorkshire.
“We recommend parking your car in a well-lit area or in a garage or behind locked gates if you have either of them.
“If you are parking your car while at work or away from home, consider using a secure car park or an area that is well-lit and has CCTV coverage.
“Invest in a catalytic converter lock to secure this part to your vehicle securely and make it harder for any potential thieves to get access to, mechanics can also weld the catalytic converter to your cars frame.
“If possible, engrave your car’s vehicle identification number onto the catalytic converter. If a scrap dealer was to come into contact with this, they may be alerted that it has been stolen and this information will make it easier to identify the owner.“Always be vigilant and report anybody acting suspiciously around any vehicles via 101.”