Drivers in Cheshire would be wise to be on their guard at the moment, as it seems there have been a spate of catalytic converter thefts in Crewe and Middlewich, with Honda Accord vehicles left on driveways specifically being targeted.
Police are now advising people to park cars in garages where possible. If the car is considered high risk, mark the metal shell of the universal catalytic converter uniquely so that it’s easier to trace if it is pinched. And if your catalytic converter is bolted on, you can weld it shut which will help to slow thieves down.
Over the last few weeks, officers have had to go out to four separate incidents in these parts of Cheshire. Detective Sergeant Daniel Loveridge was quoted by the Crewe Chronicle as saying: “While this investigation takes place I encourage motorists to remain vigilant and review any security measures they have in place.
“While only Honda Accords have been targeted so far, other vehicles that may be at risk include those with a large ground clearance. I also ask scrap metal dealers to be mindful if they are offered a catalytic converter or exhaust system and to contact police if they are in any doubt.”
You can check to see if your converter is still there by looking underneath your car. The converter should look like a round canister with some piping going into the exhaust. If there’s a gap in the middle of your exhaust, your converter has gone.
While it’s possible to drive a vehicle without a converter, it’s very bad for the car’s engine components… so get it replaced as soon as you can.