Catalytic converter thefts hit Toyota Prius owners in Hampstead and Belsize

Belsize Park Junction

Belsize Park Junction - Credit: Polly Hancock

Watch out if you have a Toyota Prius, police have warned, after a spate of catalytic convertor thefts across Camden.

Local police confirmed the past month had seen a flurry of thefts of the devices from the popular hybrid vehicle.

Belsize resident Natania Jansz said she had been away for a few days when she came back to discover her Prius had been affected. She said: “They had removed [it] probably in almost broad daylight.

“I have been put out £2,000 – insurers won’t help if your car is of a certain age. It renders the car almost useless.”

Hampstead Town’s Pc Safwan Karim told the Ham&High: “In recent weeks we are seeing Toyota Prius cars being targeted for their catalytic converters.”


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Pc Karim said Hampstead, Frognal and Belsize had seen seven thefts in recent weeks, all from Priuses: “Converters contain platinum that is sold by criminals to scrap yards and can cost thousands to replace. Park in busy well-lit areas and consider installing car alarms that activate if a vehicle is lifted or tilted.”

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