Posts Tagged ‘Catalytic Converter Theft’

Catalytic Converter Anti Theft Alarm

September 26th, 2013 Comments off

Van drivers in the West Midlands have been warned to be on guard for metal thieves, who are targeting catalytic converters.

PC Sean Lowe of the Dudley Police Local Priority Team says: “A number of vehicles are being targeted – particularly vans. So, to address this issue, we have launched Operation Boss Cat, to specifically tackle the persistent issue of catalytic converter thefts.

“In the current climate, and with precious metal prices still rising, the demand for parts that contain them is growing and the risk of theft of catalytic converters is on the increase again.”

Police patrols will step up their visits to theft hotspots and to scrap dealers in the region, and will also be offering free property marking of catalytic converters at several MOT garages across the borough, allowing officers to easily identify stolen car parts via ultra-violet light.

CatGuard is a Catalytic Converter Theft alarm.

CatGuard is fitted to a vehicle in less than an hour and if thieves attempt to remove the Catalytic Converter theft alarm will be activated. This will result in a 114 decibel siren or voice alarm giving a deafening warning along with a high intensity flashing strobe to drive the thieves away.

Contact aide automotive for more information – 01158456471


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AdBlue Contaminated With Diesel

December 6th, 2012 Comments off

aide automotive recently supplied Bedford Fire Service with the AdBlue Anti Contamination Cap. Following an incident of contamination, Bedford Fire decided to reduce the risk of further issues and fitted the AdBlue Cap to Volvo vehicles.

It only takes a small amount of contamination which affects the SCR systems dosing unit and catalytic converter which can put your truck in limp mode requiring a full reset.

The AdBlue Cap has been designed so that if you do try to put Diesel into the Cap and any Diesel is released, it will run off through the drain off holes and no diesel can enter the AdBlue tank. This cap will also stop any debris from entering the AdBlue Tank.

Diesel contamination of an AdBlue truck tank can have major effects to a trucks SCR system which in some cases validates warranty and incurs lengthy downtime. To read more about the AdBlue Cap, click on AdBlue Anti Contamination Cap to go the products website.

You can also call 0115 8456471 to ask questions to our sales team.

Diesel Contamination of AdBlue

SCR Anti Contamination Cap

Fuel Theft From Trucks Tops In 2011

June 25th, 2012 Comments off

Fuel Theft Accounted for Nearly Two-Thirds Of All Thefts In 2011.

Article Taken from Commercial Motor – dated 06.06.12

Some 4,417 freight crimes were reported to TruckPol in 2011, of which load theft (including fuel) and attempted load theft accounted for the majority (69%). Vehicle thefts represented 29% of the total, with the remainder made up of robbery, deception, warehouse robberies and hijacks Fuel theft accounted for nearly two-thirds (64%) of all thefts from LGVs last year with police recording 1,605 separate incidents in 2011. In its final set of freight crime statistics, compiled before its closure in March, TruckPol revealed the second most common theft was vehicle parts stolen from lorries (233 incidents), attributed to the high price of metal found inside components such as catalytic converters and batteries.

aide automotive’s CatGuard Alarm can also alarm batteries or spare wheels!

Nottinghamshire Catalytic Converter Thefts

June 7th, 2012 Comments off

Metal thieves hit the road in crime spike

Updated on 25th May 2012

They convert harmful emissions from your car to less toxic substances, but more and more thieves are seeking to convert catalytic converters to cash.

Despite Force-wide decreases in metal theft in the year-to-date, including a 33% reduction in the County Division, police are warning motorists about a spate of catalytic converter thefts in some areas of the county.

Since the beginning of April 2012, there have been 112 catalytic converters stolen in the County Division – 94 more than the same period last year. And the thefts are increasing by the week.

Sherwood has been the worst affected, with 38 thefts (37 more than the same period last year). Bassetlaw East and Rushcliffe South follow with 21 (compared to 20) and 16 (compared to 0) respectively.

Three arrests have been made in connection with the recent thefts. Two Doncaster men, aged 24 and 28, and a Leeds man, aged 19, have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Chief Inspector Sean Anderson, Force and region lead for metal theft reduction, said: “We have recently experienced an unprecedented rise in the number catalytic converters stolen in Nottinghamshire, and specifically in the Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood, and Rushcliffe areas of the county.

“There were 16 recorded in January in total in the county. So far this month, 80 catalytic converters have been stolen.

“But we are not the only area experiencing such an issue. This is a regional and national problem.

“As with other crimes of this nature, we are looking at offenders from across the region, and have a number of suspects, including organised groups, on our radar. We are now seeking to gather the evidence to bring them to justice.

“We have a number of tactics in place, including extra patrols in hotspot areas and on main arterial routes into and out of the county, but we are also appealing to the community to help us in our quest to reverse this increase by reporting suspicious activity, such as people working under vehicles in an ad-hoc manner, and doing what they can to secure their property.”

The cost to the victim for replacement of a stolen catalytic converter can cost £1,000s, not to mention the increases in their insurance premium. The thief would be lucky to get £200, depending upon metal content.

According to statistics, peak days for catalytic converter thefts have been Sundays and Tuesday, with thieves tending to strike overnight.

All types of vehicles are targeted, with vans topping the table at 35 incidents, but followed closely by pick-up trucks at 33 incidents and cars at 32 incidents. Businesses are being urged to tighten-up their security after occasions when a number of work vehicles have been targeted on the same night.

aide automotive offer a Catalytic Converter Alam called CatGuard.

How To Protect From Catalytic Converter Theft!

May 28th, 2012 Comments off

The CatGuard Alarm Now Has The Extra Benefit Of An Serial Number Identification Kit to Protect Against This Costly Theft

With the massive increase in Catalytic Converter theft, aide automotive has made an addition to the CatGuard Alarm kit. As well as the CatGuard Alarm we can add a unique serial number to the Catalytic Converter by virtually indestructible sticker and metal marking fluid. A belt and braces approach to protect against theft. You can register this serial number with local police and offer insurance companies a proactive solution to this automotive problem.


aide automotive offer an on-site fitting service of the CatGuard and Catalytic Serial Number Kit. Installation can be undertaken out of hours to suit a working fleet. CatGuard can also be installed by competent internal staff.


Taller vehicles such as Cars, Trucks, Vans, 4x4s & Motorhomes are particularly vulnerable as the Catalytic converters are more accessible and, because they tend to have larger engines, they contain more of the precious metals.


It’s not unusual for a new catalytic converter to cost in the region of £1,000 and repair bills of Catalytic Converter Theft to total £3,000.


With thieves just simply cutting each end of the catalytic converter and removing it completely, CAT Converters need to be protected. CatGuard has a sophisticated sensor fitted near to the catalytic converter, and if thieves attempt to remove the catalytic converter in any way then the CatGuard alarm will be activated. CatGuard is fitted to a vehicle in less than an hour.


Catalytic Converter Theft could seriously affect a business by downtime or the cost!

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Catalytic Theft – I-Addvantage Site Now Live

March 19th, 2012 Comments off

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With regard to CatGuard, In the early part of 2008 as a result of the credit crunch in the UK, prices on scrap metal and precious metals increased dramatically. At the same time the theft of Catalytic Converters followed suit with thieves just simply cutting each end of the system and removing the CAT completely, with the demand for precious metals, and parts as a result, the risk of theft of catalytic converters is on the rise.

Vehicles that sit higher from the ground, such as trucks, pick-ups and SUVs, are particularly vulnerable to catalytic converter theft because thieves can slide underneath without having to jack up the vehicle to gain access to the converter. With just a few cuts of a battery-powered saw, the converter can be removed in less than a minute.

If a CatGuard is installed and a thief attempts to remove the Catalytic Converter, CatGuard alarm will be activated. This will result in a 114 decibel siren or voice alarm giving a deafening warning along with a high intensity flashing strobe to drive the thieves away.

With the low cost of a CatGuard, this device can hopefully prevent high repair costs to the unlucky owner.

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