Tips on preventing catalytic converter thefts
Catalytic converter thefts are increasingly a problem for motorists, being lucrative for thieves and extremely disruptive to vehicle owners. Below are some tips on reducing the risk of your vehicle suffering such a theft –
1) Park to prevent access underneath – If you can, park somewhere that would make it difficult for a thief to climb underneath your vehicle or jack it up, such as in an enclosed space.
2) Mark it to protect it – Some garages will etch a unique serial number, such as your vehicles chassis number (VIN) onto your catalytic converter, so that it can be easily identified if stolen. You will also be provided with a sticker to be displayed in your window, that indicates your catalytic converter is marked.
3) Spot weld the bolts on the catalytic converter – This will make it harder for them to be removed.
4) For Toyota owners – Toyota has it’s own device, called a Catloc.
5) There is also something called a CatClamp, which claps to the exhaust pipes, not the converter. It makes stealing your converter more difficult for a thief in a hurry.
For advice on whether your particular make of vehicle has specific anti-theft devices available, speak to a main dealer.
For general advice on preventing vehicle crime, see the Metropolitan Police crime prevention website.