Chichester District - Catalytic Converter Thefts - Advice from Sussex Police

Published: 04 February 2021

Theft of Catalytic Converters

The precious metal in catalytic converters has led to an increase in their theft and unfortunately we have seen an increase in these types of thefts from vehicles across #Arun and #Chichester.

We are appealing for the public to listen out for any suspicious noises or activity around stationary vehicles.

Thieves usually use power tools to remove the catalytic converter and these will make a noise whilst trying to remove it.

A Catalytic converter can be stolen within 30 seconds and a hydraulic jack will often be used to lift the vehicle. In some cases a jack is not required as the suspects can reach under a larger vehicle such as a van or a 4 x 4.

Whilst our teams are actively investigating, we thought we would bring to your attention security measures you can employ to help prevent you from becoming a victim of this crime.

To keep yours safe:

Ask your car dealer if they can give you any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer.

Alternatively, try to make sure your vehicle is parked in a garage overnight, or if you have a commercial vehicle park it in a secure compound.

If this isn’t possible, park in an area that’s well-lit and overlooked and try to park so that the converter can’t be easily reached by potential thieves. Vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.

You should also register your converter and mark it with a forensic marker, which will make it harder for thieves to dispose of.

There are security devices available both online and in stores that make the theft of a catalytic converter much harder.

Please call 999 if you ever witness anyone acting suspiciously around a vehicle or if you see this type of crime is happening now.