Catalytic converter theft in East Hatley

Sawn off overnight in a driveway


Sawn pipe on the underside of a 2005 Honda Jazz showing where the catalytic converter was sawn off overnight in a driveway in East Hatley, December 2020.

The catalytic converter of a 2005 Honda Jazz was targeted by thieves one evening in an East Hatley driveway, probably on 15th or 16th December.

Sawn pipe on the underside of a 2005 Honda Jazz showing where the catalytic converter was sawn off overnight in a driveway in East Hatley, December 2020.

All that’s left after the catalytic converter was sawn off.

The thieves jacked up the car, used an electric saw and cut through the exhaust in two places to remove the converter.

While at it, they also took the lambda sensor – a vital part of the catalyst system.

Stealing a catalytic converter is an operation which is all over in two minutes – as demonstrated in this video on the Daily Mail website.

Replacing the catalytic converter, the lambda sensor and relevant pipework isn’t cheap – certainly over £775 even for a ‘humble’ Honda Jazz.

And when reported to the police (very easy – just phone 101), they commented small ‘elderly’ Japanese cars are being targeted, although as this report on the This is Money website shows, hybrids are also being targeted.

Why?  Because of all the precious metals – platinum, palladium and rhodium – in catalytic converters.

How can you to prevent this happening to you?

Keeping your car in your garage is ideal – but how many of us have garages which aren’t full of stuff?

Parking between to a wall or hedge and fence so there’s no room to work is probably the next best thing, inconvenient though that is for day-to-day use.

Cambridgeshire police and Honest John have some other suggestions.

Meantime, if you know anything about the catalytic converter stolen from a Honda Jazz in East Hatley, please ring the police on 101 and tell them – the crime number is 35/85430/20.

#GetCrimeCut.

Post created 18th December 2020.