Catalytic convertor theft strategy

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6232
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Please can the Metropolitan Police Service 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

Catalytic convertor theft strategy

Catalytic convertor theft strategy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Catalytic convertor theft has increased significantly since July 2018, peaking in November 2018. These crimes will be investigated by local officers as there is no dedicated resource to tackle the issue. Due to the nature of the offence, CCTV and forensic evidence are often limited or non-existent. There are no Secured By Design approved products to help prevent this crime, but after-market catalytic converter guards or anti-theft devices are available through some manufacturers.

Victims are advised to contact their vehicle manufacturer. Where the MPS become aware of specific trends, the MPS will contact the relevant manufacturers to discuss this further. Up to date crime prevention advice has been written and will be published on the MPS website.