Theft of Catalytic Converters (2)

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please can the MPS inform me what strategies or plans have been put in place to tackle theft of exhaust and catalytic converters from cars? Have there been any patterns or trends noticed by the MPS?


Answer for Theft of Catalytic Converters (2)

Answer for Theft of Catalytic Converters (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Operation Ferrous is the MPS response to metal theft (including catalytic converters).

Stolen catalytic converters are sold for scrap value or for resale here or abroad. Thefts tend to be concentrated in particular geographical areas, on specific vehicle makes and models, and are often targeted by Organised Criminal Networks.

The MPS through Operation Ferrous aims to tackle catalytic converter theft by assisting local police teams, using enforcement tactics and providing specialist knowledge. A number of successful proactive operations targeting offenders have resulted in substantial prison sentences.

The MPS works with industry to ensure vehicles have counter measures designed to prevent their theft. The MPS targets crime prevention messages in areas experiencing high levels of theft. The MPS works with other law enforcement partners - NCA, UKBA, HMRC and others - to mark catalytic converters.

The introduction of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 has given the Police and Local Authorities greater powers of enforcement to target those responsible.

There is no indication that there has been an increase or trend in catalytic converter theft over the last 12 months.