Catalytic converter theft - A growing problem..
Over the last 3 years there has been a dramatic increase in the theft of catalytic converters due to the massive increase in the price of scrap metal.
Catalytic converter theft has become a real problem for many vehicle owners in the United Kingdom, United States and across Europe due to the presence of four precious metals that are used to manufacture the catalytic converter. These are Gold, Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium. Each stolen catalytic converter can be sold to a scrap metal dealer from between £50 and £200 depending on the size.
Catalytic converter theft is a fast growing problem due the exposed nature of the catalytic converter under your car or van. Any would be thief can easily crawl under the vehicle, armed with a cheap and easy to obtain battery operated metal saw that can cut through the exhaust pipe on either side of the catalytic converter and remove it in under 30 seconds. As you can imagine this is a very tempting prospect for the thief who can easily steal up to 50 in a night bringing in an easy few thousand pounds.
'..Catalyst theft has risen 550% in the last 2 years..'
The hidden costs of catalytic converter theft..
Its a shocking fact that a thief can get between £50 and £200 per catalytic converter they steal, but this does not mean that this is how much it would cost you to replace. It is likely to cost you some where close to a £1000 and in many cases much more and this - not to mention the time hassle and frustration you will face to have your stolen catalytic converter replaced, and the damage caused to the rest of the exhaust system.
If you are a business you may have already been targeted. If you have already been a victim of catalytic converter theft you will understand that the loss in man hours and having your vehicle off the road can cost a small fortune.
'..most cats cost between £500 - £1000 to replace..'
Protect yourself with the Procatt Cat Alarm System
At Chameleon extensive research has been carried out on the ever increasing problem of Catalytic Converter theft. All the methods used to steal catalytic converters have been tested with the ProCatt to ensure that any attempt made by a thief to remove the catalytic converter will be met with the vehicle horn sounding and lights flashing. The ProCatt is designed to trigger a number of additional security devices including the vehicle’s existing alarm, tracking, pager/texting and fleet management systems.
The ProCatt is a totally universal product enabling it to fit any vehicle with any size of catalytic converter. The ProCatt has two smart technology detection sensors (STDS) which are fitted to the vehicle’s exhaust system and takes only a short time to install.
The smart technology detection sensors (STDS) are harmonically tuned to the type of frequencies generated on the vehicle’s exhaust system when an attempt to cut, burn or un-bolt the catalytic converter is made. Any attempt to remove or interfere with the sensors or wiring will result in an immediate alarm condition making the ProCatt totally secure.
ProCatt is the latest product to be designed and manufactured by Secure Micro Solutions Ltd
The Smart Technology Detection Sensors (STDS) are harmonically tuned to the type of frequencies generated on the vehicle’s exhaust system when an attempt to cut, burn or un-bolt the catalytic converter is made. Any attempt to remove or interfere with the sensors or wiring will result in an immediate alarm condition making the ProCatt totally secure.
• Complete Solution For Catalytic Converter Protection
• Quick installation
• Universal Fitting For All Types Of Vehicles
• Fits 12/24Volt Vehicles
• LED Visual Warning Of ProCatt Fitted
• LED Indication Of Any Attempted Theft
• Smart Technology Detection Sensors (STDS)
• Automatic Arm And Disarm
•Stainless Steel Brackets
• 2 x Window Warning Stickers
• ProCatt Is A Complete Catalytic Converter Alarm