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more than 300 catalytic converters seized in Dublin

Discussion in 'Motors' started by ShiWarrior, 15 Apr 2021.

  1. ShiWarrior

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    i watched a police video back in 2006 where it was on the rise
    its happening far far more now because the cost of these metals going up in value because like everything at the moment has gone up in value
     
  2. ShiWarrior

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    posted YT 2012

     
  3. ShiWarrior

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  4. ShiWarrior

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  5. Abraxaz1

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    Time to put a sheet of stainless under your car, could claim it's for aero.
     
  6. ShiWarrior

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    i was under the impression that all cars have a panel underneath their cars already to protect the car from the road salt etc ?
     
  7. gc123

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  8. ShiWarrior

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    Lol, that will likely stop the thieves from stealing them
    NOT
     
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  9. Kylevdm

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    Had mine nicked the other day, mate had theirs taken as well. Seems to be a shortage of replacements at the moment as well.
     
  10. bazzabear

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    Ask your local dodgy scrap merchant - he can probably refit the same one that was nicked in the first place. ;)
     
  11. IAmATeaf

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    Just had a cat stolen from a car on my street last night. My son was watering the plants outside at around 9:50 in the evening, a Seat Leon with blacked up Windows drives past, makes a u turn, drives past and parks next to an E46 54 plate 3 series, 2 guys get out, jack it up, cut the cat out and then run to the Leon which was now parked up ahead.

    The car alarm did go off and a lady from the opposite house came out and started screaming at them but they just ignored her and literally it was all over within 30 seconds to a minute.

    Surprising think is I thought they were after older Toyota, Honda and Lexus or have they done all the cars in the area and are now targeting the next lot of cars where the cats aren’t as valuable?

    I did catch their car in my CCTV but can’t make out the plate in the footage but there again it’ll be in fake plates. The car was very distinctive though so am surprised that the police can’t/won’t do anything about it, where have all the old detective skills gone?
     
  12. CaptainRAVE

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    Been happening lots around here still. For a while they would set off fireworks somewhere nearby, but I think people worked that one out. Amazing how quickly they steal them. The police did seize some, but they were probably legitimate converters :p

    The problem is that there are no police around and their long gone. You’d be an idiot to confront them too much seeing as they have a cutting tool. I mean, our local shop was ram raided, they were probably in another country the time the police arrived, and that’s with our own local police helicopter.
     
  13. Nasher

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    I dunno. You might be able to sneak up on them and release the jack :D
     
  14. dLockers

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    To fund the fight against real crimes that have genuine victims. Policing petty theft has never been a priority and this is just another case of petty theft.
     
  15. Nasher

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    It's no longer petty crime if it starts to add up to a lot of money with a lot of victims. It's organised crime.

    They have got to reliant on technology I think. If it's not on the internet or on CCTV right infront of them, forget about it. They aren't going to invest the time unless the press run with it.
     
  16. dLockers

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    It is a simple crime to solve (stop them from being bought without papers) but the whole scrap metal industry is still borderline criminal. If you are from Birmingham you know exactly which family I am talking about...
     
  17. Robdav

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    so, how do you protect your car from getting the cat removed?
     
  18. dave28

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    • Park your car in a locked garage where possible, but if this isn’t an option, then park it in a well-lit and well-populated area
    • Park close to fences, walls or a kerb with the exhaust being closest to the fence, wall or kerb to make the theft more difficult
    • Avoid parking your vehicle half on the pavement and half on the road, as this may make it easier for thieves to access the catalytic converter
    • If there is a fleet of vehicles, park the low clearance vehicles to block the high clearance vehicles. This will obstruct access underneath
    • If parking in a public car park, consider parking alongside other cars and facing you bonnet towards the wall if possible. With the catalytic converter positioned at the front of your vehicle, this will make it harder for thieves to get close enough to steal it
    • For thefts occurring on driveways, consider the use of a Secured by Design (SBD) approved driveway alarm and sensor. This may assist in alerting you of a potential intruder entering your driveway or garden
    • If your catalytic converter is bolted on, you can ask for your local garage to weld the bolts to make it more difficult to remove.
    • Alternatively, you can mark your catalytic converter. Please ensure any property marking is Secured by Design (SBD) approved
    • You can even purchase a ‘cage clamp’ which is a cage device that locks in around the converter to make it more difficult to remove. Toyota are offering a 'Catloc' for the Prius (3rd generation, 2009-2011 models) and Auris (2nd generation, 2012-2018 models). Please contact your Toyota dealership for more information
    • Speak to your dealership about the possibility of installing a Thatcham approved alarm and tilt sensor that will activate the alarm should any thief try to jack the vehicle up to steal the converter
    • If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to the Police. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations
     
  19. IAmATeaf

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    Had a message on Owl, that same night they did 3 cars in total, all 3 series, for cat thefts the 3 series is now on the list of targeted cars.
     
  20. Robdav

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    thanks... plenty of food for thought. I'll speak to my local dealer (for a laugh) and see if they have anything they offer similar to the toyota catlock thing.