Stolen catalytic converter in london uk

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  1. Fostel

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    Theft of catalytic converters from hybrid cars surges | UK news | The Guardian
     
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    That "surge" has been happening for a solid year. :rolleyes:
     
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    To be fair, it is entirely possible these thieving rats are simply parked close by and inconspicuously following Jemca Enfield clients home after their servicing - using anything from a Moped (scooter) to a car. Unless you’re James Bond inclined, you might not notice the tail.

    My dealership usually washes their clients cars after a service or an MOT. A member of the gang might be working with the Car washing crew and has the chance to peep under target vehicles before alerting his accomplices to tail the vehicle.

    Of course, if the service papers (with the clients address) stay with the vehicle during the washing phase, all it takes is a smartphone photo of these details sent to the cat theft gang and that’s that.
    That may well be the source of any leak, but I’m being purely theoretical here.

    It of course might not be Jemca Enfield’s fault at all.


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    I don't think its down to the dealership, I believe the thieves have just cottoned onto the fact that the Hybrid cars have these valuable goldmines underneath, and go round driving until they find a few, and then steal the cat for their illicit means. The scumbags who do this aren't working for a living, so have plentiful time in which to carry out the thefts.
     
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    Bloody hell, I hope that the 2019 cats are not as valuable.
     
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    I hope and pray that 2019 (late) and 2020 Prius AWD don't have this problem. I think they don't have the Lithium battery problem, that someone else mentioned as the next possible theft item due to the exhorbitant price of Lithium.
     
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    Another one not a Prius though
     
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    The Skoda is on stolen number plates, its showing as a Skoda Citigo, its an Octavia. I had to visit my mum in Hospital today, part of me was wondering if my car was still intact when I went outside. (it was). Sad isn't it?
     
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    You’re right. It’s no news that these thieving degenerates are using stolen or cloned number plates. So much for modern technologies and the much vaunted ANPR - when all the career criminals can still drive illegally through our streets and indulge in wanton criminality without hindrance from law enforcement.

    As for the leaving your car in a car park and wondering if it will still be intact when you return - I’ve got to say I always worry too - I’ll never stop worrying, despite all the security on board “The Spaceship”.

    Sometimes I worry if the whole Prius will still be there when I return - they can easily steal the whole vehicle if they wanted - it’s a top of the range model and a veritable workhorse. Parts must be pretty expensive in parts of Eastern Europe - so I can see our Prii soon being stolen to order for used spare parts.

    All they need is a cheap tow truck, a couple of counterfeit stickers slapped on your windscreen indicating you’ve been towed for illegal parking - and the police will NEVER stop them (because there aren’t enough to go around).

    They’d have lifted and stolen at least 50 Prii before anyone will bother to get involved in today’s UK

    I keep seeing a 2008 Red Prius TSpirit parked on a tow truck on a Walthamstow street when driving home from work. You can clearly see damage on the side from where it’s been crudely jacked up and doubtlessly the catalytic converter stolen.

    And to think once upon a time, seeing a Prius being towed was an extreme rarity.





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    I still don't know how the wifes Grandfather had his Prius stolen, I should ring him one day. It's just so frustrating as it slows no signs of abating. I do occasionally retweet the Police on twitter when they have reported more thefts, as I advise people to come here for advice in keeping their vehicle safe. Shouldn't have to really though.
     
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    I found the way to do it.

    Now I am looking where to get this sensor (tilt/shock).
    I need a few new tools!
     
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    What we need is a poison dart dispensing system installed underneath the Prius.

    When a light fingered stealing jackass is detected cutting through a catalytic converter, it shoots poisonous darts at a very high speed into their arms.

    The poison specified should be the type that would ensure they lie there paralysed twitching in their final death throes for a few hours as their flesh rots from within. Plenty of time for regrets!

    Oh, and no antidote whatsoever if you please. A grisly and exquisitely painful demise literally guaranteed .

    It’ll never be legally allowed of course (perish the thought), so it’s just one of my rather morbid (and reasonably laughable) fantasies of what I wish I could do to these parasites ......and it also drives home just how much I hate these catalyst thieving vermin with every fibre of my being !


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