Catalytic converter thefts in the Black Country

Please be alert – there’s been a spate of catalytic converter thefts across the Black Country.

Eight incidents were reported to us in just one day (between Monday 20 September to this morning).

Catalytic converters were stolen in Tividale, Brierley Hill and Pedmore. Thieves tried to steal a further three catalytic converters in Quarry Bank, Halesowen and Wolverhampton, but were unsuccessful.

We also received a call about men with weapons attempting to steal cars in West Bromwich in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).

We think the same group of people are responsible and we’re doing everything we can to trace them.

The suspects have weapons and could be dangerous. If you see them, please don’t confront them. Call us on 999 instead.

If you’ve got any other information that could help our investigation, please let us know. You can get in touch via Live Chat on our website west-midlands.police.uk.

To remain completely anonymous please speak to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They pay cash rewards of up to £1,000 if the information you provide leads to a positive result.

Please quote investigation number 20/564459/21.

What are catalytic converters?

Catalytic converters are devices on the exhausts of cars that reduce toxic gases and pollutants.

They contain precious metals making them a target for criminals.

The most commonly targeted vehicles are hybrid ones, as the catalytic converter is used less often and, as a result, the metals are not as corroded, making them more valuable.

Crime prevention advice

Don't let thieves get an easy ride. Follow these simple steps to protect your car.

Park your car somewhere it is difficult to get underneath, such as a garage or next to a wall. Mark your catalytic converter with a serial number and register it so that we can identify it more easily if it is stolen.

Installing alarms and CCTV, as well as good quality lighting near where your car is parked can act as a good deterrent. We recommend using products accredited by Secured by Design.

Get further help and advice from this section of our website.

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