There's been a spate of thefts around the country of catalytic converters from cars.
At least 12 Toyota Priuses parked in Kilkenny City and Tipperary had their catalytic converters removed in the past 2 weeks.
Two cars were also targeted in Ferrybank.
Waterford Garda Iain O'Byrne has been telling WLR News they're a way for thieves to make easy money.
Catalytic converters contain a precious metal that helps to reduce harmful emissions escaping from exhausts.
"When global values of the actual metal go up, it can lead to an increase in theft," Garda O'Byrne said.
Where catalytic converters are situated on a car is easily accessible, making them an easy challenge for thieves.
Garda O'Byrne gave some helpful advice to prevent your car being targeted:
- If you have a garage to park your car in, ensure it's locked.
- Park in a well lit area
- Park against a wall or fence to make it more difficult for thieves to slide under your car,
- Avoid parking with your front wheels on the curb as this makes it easier to get under the car.
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