Local garages support Neighbourhood Watch in the fight against catalytic converter thefts16/06/2012
Over the last 3 years there has been a dramatic increase in the theft of catalytic converters due to the massive increase in the price of scrap metal.
Catalytic converters control and convert exhaust emissions from your vehicle into less toxic substances. If yours is stolen, you will know because your vehicle’s engine will sound different.
Catalytic converter theft has become a real problem for many vehicle owners due to the presence of 4 precious metals that are used to manufacture the catalytic converter. These are gold, platinum, palladium and rhodium. Each stolen catalytic converter can be sold to a scrap metal dealer from between £50 and £200 depending on the size.
This does not mean that this is what it will cost you to replace. It is likely to cost you somewhere close to a £1000 and in many cases much more and this is not to mention the time hassle and frustration you will face to have your stolen catalytic converter replaced.
Harborough District Neighbourhood Watch in partnership with the local Police are launching a new crime prevention initiative on Monday 18th June to celebrate national Neighbourhood Watch Week 2012.
Neighbourhood Watch have purchased a supply of Catalytic Converter marking kits which will be made available at no cost to previous victims. These kits will also be available at a cost of only £5 to members and local residents.
Marking a Catalytic Converter is difficult as the heat and steam will remove ordinary UV markings or stickers. The kit is designed specifically for this purpose, it works by marking the metal shell of the convertor with a unique mark This unique mark is then registered on a secure national database so if it is stolen and recovered it will be easier to trace back to a vehicle.
If you have already been a victim and have reported this to the Police, Neighbourhood Watch are offering to supply a kit free of charge and the partner garages Tanvic and Kwik Fit in Market Harborough will mark your replacement catalytic converter free of charge.
For those who purchase a kit but may not be able to mark their vehicles themselves, Neighbourhood Watch have teamed up with local garages Tanvic and Kwik Fit in Market Harborough to provide a service to undertake this marking on your vehicle at a charge of only £25.
Further details are available from the Neighbourhood Watch Stall at Harborough’s indoor market on Tuesday 4th September from Harborough Police Station, Fairfield Road , Market Harborough, LE16 9QJ, telephone 0116 222 2222
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