You may have already seen such a theft on video: men arrive by car, put the target on jack stands and take out a grinder or a cutting tool to take out the catalyst and leave with it. Often times, the operation does not even take a minute, and sometimes is done in broad daylight.
Toyota, particularly targeted by these thefts which particularly affect the older generations of Prius, has taken the bull by the horns. The Japanese manufacturer has invested more than one million euros to mark the catalysts of 100,000 vehicles in circulation. This will allow them to be better tracked and to identify all those involved in the thefts. Owners will be contacted when possible, but they can also approach their dealer to verify if they are eligible.
For now, this initiative only concerns the British, but the theft of catalysts is a global phenomenon. The United States and Europe are particularly affected by organized sectors, which benefit from the soaring prices of metals such as platinum.