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Now criminals target metals found in engines rather than cars

Eoghan McNeill

Published 28/08/2014 | 14:54

Now criminals target precious metals found in car's engines rather than vehicles
Now criminals target precious metals found in car's engines rather than vehicles

Criminals are now targeting platinum found in cars’ catalytic converters rather than the vehicles themselves, according to a new survey.

There has been a 16 per cent increase of motor industry-related crime in the first half of 2014, according to the Netwatch Commercial Crime Report has found.

The news comes as the motor industry has recorded a 23 percent increase in the sale of new cars.

With Dublin, Waterford and Galway the counties worst-hit, the number of motor criminal incidents jumped from 171 this time last year to 198.

“The motor industry has always been a particular target for thieves, particularly car dealerships,” said David Walsh, Netwatch CEO.

The increase in crime goes “hand in hand with the recovery of the sector,” according to Byrne:

“With more vehicles being purchased, there is an increase in the level of activity, as well as the level of stock at dealerships, giving criminals a greater number of targets for the profitable metal market,” he said. 

While motor crime has increased, criminal activity on the whole has registered a 1 percent decrease, following years of continuous increases, the report found.

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