South Yorkshire Police visit scrapyards in crackdown on catalytic converter thefts

Scrapyards have been visited by officers from South Yorkshire Police in a crackdown on catalytic converter thefts.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 7:40 am

As part of a national week of action, forces from across the UK took part in Operation Goldiron, which saw officers carry out enforcement action, visit scrapyards checks and issue crime prevention advice.

South Yorkshire Police catalytic converters are being stolen, often by organised crime groups, because of the rising value of metal.

The devices, which purify exhaust fumes, contain precious metals such as platinum.

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Police officers have been visiting scrapyards in South Yorkshire as part of a crackdown on the theft of catalytic converters (archive image)

Detective Inspector Lee Townley said: “Not many people are aware of catalytic converter theft until it happens to their vehicle and they’re left paying the price.

“Your catalytic converter is a device on your exhaust which helps purify fumes, they contain precious metals which is why they are tempting to thieves.

“All vehicles are vulnerable to this type of theft, but criminals have recently been seen to be targeting hybrids.”

Officers visited scrapyards to check that owners were aware of their responsibilities when disposing of converters.

Officers were joined by representatives from the DVLA and Environment Agency.

DI Townley added: “We know the impact that metal crime can have on individuals and businesses and we are continuing with disruption work across South Yorkshire.

“Awareness raising is also really important, it is vital that the public take steps to protect their vehicles and report anything suspicious to us.”

To reduce the risk of vehicles being targeted, park in a garage or in a position where it would be difficult to access the underside of the vehicle near to the exhaust.

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