Toyota will spend more than £ 1million to tackle catalytic converter theft on older vehicles, rates of which have reached an all time high.
The Japanese company will work with police, security firm Smartwater and the AA to produce and distribute 50,000 initial marking kits, which will be used to mark components on more than 100,000 Lexus and Toyota cars.
Catalytic converters are targeted by thieves because they contain precious metals that are used to clean exhaust gases and reduce pollution. These metals can be illegally recycled or sold for profit, although more modern cars come with differently designed converters, so they are generally not targeted by thieves.
Hybrid cars have the most precious metals in their catalytic converters and are popular targets for organized gangs. the Auris and Prius both use this technology.
Security markings are invisible but can be used to trace stolen catalytic converters to a specific crime, also increasing the risk for those handling devices along the criminal chain from theft to disposal and theft. possible recycling.
“Catalytic converter theft is a very serious problem in the UK and the effects on victims of this crime are emotional as well as financial,” said Rob Giles, Director of Customer Services at Toyota.
“We are happy to launch this initiative, to work closely with the police, not only to help them in their efforts to fight this crime, but also to send a clear message to criminals that if they choose to target a car Toyota or Lexus, there are now a lot more chances of getting caught, ”added Giles.
Marking service is free to all Lexus and Toyota customers, who should call their local dealership for more information.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-14 14:47:43