DONCASTER police are warning of the risk of catalytic converter theft.
Thieves are targeting catalysts – located in the exhaust system under the vehicle – because of the high value of the precious metals they contain.
The recent high prices for precious metals have resulted in a noticeable increase in thefts of catalytic converters.
Thieves simply cut the catalytic converter from the exhaust pipe of a parked car and sell them on to scrap metal dealers. Larger vehicles are particularly vulnerable as the converters are more accessible and because they tend to have larger engines, they contain more of the precious metals too.
Acting detective sergeant Jamie Henderson, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “If someone drives without a catalytic convertor they’ll hear an excessively loud revving like a racing car. It can also be very dangerous as fumes may start to come into the vehicle. A trained technician takes several hours to properly remove a CAT, however we are aware of some thieves that literally take seconds to rip them from vehicles leaving them in particularly dangerous conditions and costing upwards of £1000 to repair.”
Tackling Metal Theft is a priority for South Yorkshire Police and if anyone has any information about the theft of catalytic convertors contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.