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Catalytic Converter Thefts

There has been a dramatic increase in the theft of catalytic converters as they contain metals with a high scrap value. This is a force wide issue at the moment, so please be vigilant in your area.

Please report any suspicious activity on either 101 (non emergency) or 999 (emergency), if you do suffer a theft please call us.


  • Tuesday 20th April, 2021

    Catalytic converter thefts are still a beat wide issue across Avon and Somerset but here are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of your vehicle being targeted:

    • Avoid parking half on the pavement, half on the road, as this may provide thieves with easier access to the underside of your vehicle.
    • Park your vehicle in a locked garage whenever possible.
    • Try to park in busy, well-lit areas, or areas covered by CCTV.
    • Install an under-car alarm system.
    • Ask your garage to tell you your catalytic converter’s serial number, and make a note of it.
    • Consider purchasing forensic liquid and using it to mark your catalytic converter.
    • Place a protective covering over your catalytic converter.
    • If you have a fleet of vehicles, try to restrict access to high ground clearance vehicles by blocking them with lower vehicles.

    More information can be found here

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