Here at Yeomans Toyota, we want to ensure our customers are protected against catalytic converter theft from their Toyota. With theft of these parts on the rise, we are making it easier to ensure your vehicle is less at risk with a supplied and fitted Catloc device from just £249.
The Catloc device acts as a deterrent for catalytic converter thieves as it makes it harder to steal and slows down the process. Vehicles fitted with a Catloc are less likely to be a target.
Currently, any vehicle with a catalytic converter can be targeted by criminals. However, for Toyota it is second and third-generation Prius models (2004-2009 and 2009-2016 respectively) and second-generation Auris Hybrids (2012-2018) which have become particular targets for thieves since the recent rise in the crime.
Find out more about catalytic converters and our Catloc device below.
What is a catalytic converter?
Since 1993, every vehicle in Europe is lawfully required to be fitted with a catalytic converter. As part of the vehicle's emissions control system, it cleans up the exhaust gases before they are emitted into the environment through the exhaust pipe. The internal elements react with the gases to break them down into less harmful substances and water vapour.
Why are they a target for thieves?
The motivations for this crime can differ, although the most common factor is the attraction to sell and recycle the catalytic converter to obtain the precious metals contained in them, such as rhodium, platinum and palladium. Typically, older Toyota models can be targeted because the latest technology has ensured a lower value of precious metals are contained in newer vehicle catalytic converters.
What can I do to help prevent catalytic converter theft?
Since 2021, Toyota GB has been covertly marking catalytic converters to help combat theft and make the parts traceable. Not only does this help police find the criminals responsible, but also raises the risk along the criminal chain. Simply contact your local Yeomans Toyota to get your catalytic converter marked, free of charge and help deter criminals even further.
For more information about catalytic converter theft or to find out more about fitting a Catloc to your Toyota, contact your local Yeomans Toyota dealership to speak to a member of our team.
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