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Huge rise in catalytic converter thefts

Huge rise in catalytic converter thefts

Business
There has been a huge rise in catalytic converters being stolen from cars in 2019, police in London say. For the first six months of 2019, the number of thefts of catalytic converters jumped to 2,894, compared to 1,674 thefts for all of 2018.In a car's exhaust system, catalytic converters filter pollutants and turn them into less harmful substances. In a video seen by the BBC, a criminal gang stole a catalytic converter in under three minutes in broad daylight. The prices of certain precious metals have skyrocketed in the last 18 months - palladium is now worth £1,300/oz, while rhodium goes for £4,000/oz, according to FJ Church and Sons, a specialist metals merchant that is also the UK's largest specialist in recycling catalytic converters.The police urge...
Car thefts up 30% as gangs beat new tech

Car thefts up 30% as gangs beat new tech

Technology
Police data reveals there has been a 30% increase in car thefts over the past three years, as thieves bypass modern vehicle security systems.Security experts believe the rise is partly down to criminal gangs catching up with technology, with police footage released in November showing how they were able to steal vehicles without needing keys.Many cars now have a push button fob instead of a traditional metal key, but these new devices can sometimes be compromised.Video:Thieves steal car in 'relay crime'Steve Launchbury, of Thatcham Research, told Sky News: "As the car is more digitally connected, obviously that opens it up to new types of criminality."When you have keyless-type vehicles where you physically just press a button and walk away, you've got the risk now of the signal being capt...