25 Sept 2022

ALERT: Gardaí issue advice to Louth motorists as catalytic converter thefts rise

Over 100 catalytic converters and substantial amount of cash seized in Garda raid

A seizure of stolen catalytic converters by Gardaí . Credit: GARDA PRESS OFFICE

Gardaí have issued a warning to motorists to take precautions to avoid a catalytic converter being stolen from their vehicles.

A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device which is attached to the exhaust on the under body of a vehicle.

These car parts are being stolen for their high value metal, they are expensive to replace and their thefts can cause substantial damage.

Gardaí said: "These thefts occur very quickly with those involved being very proficient in what they do.

"A lot of these thefts occur in broad daylight and sometimes in public car parks.

"When parking in public, park in non-isolated places where there is good street lighting.

"Consider purchasing a catalytic converter lock or clamp, which will help prevent its theft and deter any potential criminals. Have the catalytic converter marked with VIN or vehicle registration number."

"Report any suspicious activity, if you see persons examining or working on a vehicle in a suspicious manner, please contact Gardaí on 999 or 112."

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