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Catalytic Converter Theft 2016-2020

Date of request: 8 February 2021
Reference: 169/21


I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

  • For each of the last five years, please provide the total number of crime logs or incident reports where there has been the theft of a catalytic converter from a vehicle.
  • For each of the last five years, please provide the total number of arrests on suspicion of theft or handing of a stolen catalytic converter from a vehicle.
  • For the last calendar year (1st January 2020 to 31st December 2020) please provide a breakdown of each incident – eg make or model of vehicle and, where available, the circumstances of the theft, eg owner’s drive, street, locked premises.


Please find below a breakdown of thefts of property type ‘catalytic converter’ for the years 2016 to 2020.

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
8 23 17 105 147

Please find attached a breakdown of the make and model of each vehicle, and the location, where recorded.

Please see information on the below link in relation to the spike of offences recorded in 2019 and 2020.


The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.


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