Customer Advisory notice – Catalytic Convertor theft
We would like to make you aware of a disturbing trend of criminal behaviour that could impact you if you drive a hybrid vehicle. The theft of catalytic converters has increased dramatically over the past year, as shown by the following BBC study:
“For the first six months of 2019, the number of thefts of catalytic converters jumped to 2,894, compared to1,674 thefts for all of 2018. In a video seen by the BBC, a criminal gang stole a catalytic converter in under three minutes in broad daylight.. The police urged vehicle owners “to be vigilant” and consider taking safety measures to protect their cars.” (Source: BBC.co.uk) particularly those who leave their vehicles in vulnerable places.
What is a catalytic converter?
The catalytic converter is part of the car’s emissions control system. It helps to clean up exhaust gases before leaving through the exhaust pipe. Its internal elements react with the gases, breaking them down into less harmful substances and water vapour.
Why are they a target for thieves?
“The prices of certain precious metals that can be found in these converters have skyrocketed in the last 18 months - palladium is now worth £1,300/oz, while rhodium goes for £4,000/oz, according to FJ Church and Sons, a specialist metals merchant that is also the UK's largest specialist in recycling catalytic converters.” (BBC.co.uk) – they are being stolen for their scrap value.
Reduce The Risk - What I can do to protect my car?
We’d like to inform you of a product that is available to ensure that you reduce the risk of theft and avoid unnecessary damage to your vehicle.
This product is called a Catloc. The Catloc security device is a mechanical solution to address the theft of catalytic converters, particulate filters and exhaust systems. Catloc’s are manufactured using marine grade stainless steel for strength and durability, and are supplied with high security anti-tamper fixings, International Security Register (ISR) markings and comes with a 3 year warranty.
• The ISR marking kit is Police Approved and Thatcham Accredited.
• Works with police forces and security services, including the provision of crime statistics
• Provides a quick and simple means of detecting cloning or vehicle identity theft
• Provide witness statements to assist police in bringing successful prosecutions
• Checks all enquiries against a national stolen vehicle file
How much does it cost to replace a catalytic converter?
The replacement of a catalytic converter can cost anything from £1,200. That does not include time lost in dealing with insurance companies and being without a vehicle while it is being repaired. It is better to consider the risks early on, prevention is better that cure.
How much does the Catloc cost?
We want to help you keep you and your vehicle safe and not incur unnecessary damage, bills or loss of time dealing with insurance companies. You can purchase a Catloc from us for just £250 (VAT included) within this price we will supply and fit the entire system to your vehicle, giving you peace of mind.
Order your Catloc
To purchase a Catloc for your car contact our After Sales teams at either Leicester or Loughborough (using the links below) as soon as possible. These products are in high demand at the moment, secures yours by calling, emialing or visiting today.