Police issue warning over catalytic converter theft

Motorists across Northern Ireland have been warned of thieves targeting catalytic converters.

The PSNI said that typically hybrid cars, vans and SUVs have been targeted in the past.

“There are a variety of reasons for this. Hybrids use a dual power source so the catalytic converter will typically have been used less. Vans and SUVs typically sit higher off the ground to make access to a would be thief easier,” a police spokesperson said.

To help protect their property from thieves, motorists are urged to take some simple steps.

* Park your vehicle in a garage overnight. Alternatively park in a well lit and a highly populated area.

* When you can, park the vehicle with the exhaust close to a fence, a wall or a high kerb. Avoid parking your vehicle with half the vehicle on a kerb and half off it.

* Consider asking a garage or specialist to weld the bolts, ask to have a cage clamp fitted or mark your catalytic converter using secured by design approved equipment.

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Anyone who sees suspicious activity is asked to report it to police as soon as possible either online or call 101 if it is not an emergency.