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Catalytic Converter Thefts

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 12th March 2020.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

Please can you provide the number of catalytic converter thefts that took place in London in December 2019?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I can confirm that 1275 catalytic converter thefts took place in London in December 2019.

I am aware that there has been a sharp increase in the theft of catalytic converters in London in recent months. I wrote to Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in December last year, impressing upon him the importance of the UK motor industry taking steps to help prevent and deter the theft of catalytic converters by enhancing the security features of new vehicles, including making component parts easier to trace. I also stressed the importance of a partnership approach with the police to tackle the problem.