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CAT THEFT ON THE RISE!

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Hi Everybody,

Re.the Avensis T27 models, as my other half owns, are the catalytic converters easy to steal?

I'm worried for my toyota aygo and him his avensis for their has been a rise in thefts here in leicester. 

Other than security mark them which I feel is pointless..theres not much else in terms of protection...oh yes I hear Toyota are the 1st to invent a CAT LOCK...but at 200 to 250 they're pretty expensive imo...and I'm unsure what models they cover!

From what I recall the t27 models have the cat situated right at the back under the bulk head so he might be ok...worrying stuff guys!

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Sam, you can relax, sort of. I have been following this catalytic converter theft for a while and know two people who have been victims, plus other information from people who witnessed it happening. I have not heard of any Avensis to date! The Avensis are mainly diesel and you don't what engine is under a  Mk3 bonnet, and the Avensis as we all know, don't have a hybrid version. The exhaust layout of the diesel make it hard to steal, let alone quickly. Probably why the Avensis is not a prime target like the Prius.
The cars targeted in the Toyota/Lexus range are mostly hybrid, with the exception being the Yaris (I have not heard of a Yaris being a victim!). Prius is the most targeted, then the Auris and CT200h which have similar exhaust layout to the Prius. 
My friend Waqar has had the catalytic converter stolen from his Prius Mk2 just before Christmas. He also has a '04 Honda Jazz which is also high on the cat' theft list. Only weeks ago I was present when a resident of a retirement home was told by the RAC man that his cat' was stolen, along with the O2 sensor from his Jazz. 
In the Auris forum, one idea would be to de-badge the car, by removing the hybrid badges. For security the Catloc is mentioned and plate or shielding to deter the thieves.
I could go on, but until there is a report that an Avensis has been a victim, I wouldn't worry to much.    

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1 hour ago, Konrad C said:

Sam, you can relax, sort of. I have been following this catalytic converter theft for a while and know two people who have been victims, plus other information from people who witnessed it happening. I have not heard of any Avensis to date! The Avensis are mainly diesel and you don't what engine is under a  Mk3 bonnet, and the Avensis as we all know, don't have a hybrid version. The exhaust layout of the diesel make it hard to steal, let alone quickly. Probably why the Avensis is not a prime target like the Prius.
The cars targeted in the Toyota/Lexus range are mostly hybrid, with the exception being the Yaris (I have not heard of a Yaris being a victim!). Prius is the most targeted, then the Auris and CT200h which have similar exhaust layout to the Prius. 
My friend Waqar has had the catalytic converter stolen from his Prius Mk2 just before Christmas. He also has a '04 Honda Jazz which is also high on the cat' theft list. Only weeks ago I was present when a resident of a retirement home was told by the RAC man that his cat' was stolen, along with the O2 sensor from his Jazz. 
In the Auris forum, one idea would be to de-badge the car, by removing the hybrid badges. For security the Catloc is mentioned and plate or shielding to deter the thieves.
I could go on, but until there is a report that an Avensis has been a victim, I wouldn't worry to much.    

Interesting read, cheers mate, feel a bit better now, I do wonder why they target the jazz though and whats so special about that tiny vehicle? Prius I can understand as well as the ct200s.
 

 

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1 hour ago, Konrad C said:

Sam, you can relax, sort of. I have been following this catalytic converter theft for a while and know two people who have been victims, plus other information from people who witnessed it happening. I have not heard of any Avensis to date! The Avensis are mainly diesel and you don't what engine is under a  Mk3 bonnet, and the Avensis as we all know, don't have a hybrid version. The exhaust layout of the diesel make it hard to steal, let alone quickly. Probably why the Avensis is not a prime target like the Prius.
The cars targeted in the Toyota/Lexus range are mostly hybrid, with the exception being the Yaris (I have not heard of a Yaris being a victim!). Prius is the most targeted, then the Auris and CT200h which have similar exhaust layout to the Prius. 
My friend Waqar has had the catalytic converter stolen from his Prius Mk2 just before Christmas. He also has a '04 Honda Jazz which is also high on the cat' theft list. Only weeks ago I was present when a resident of a retirement home was told by the RAC man that his cat' was stolen, along with the O2 sensor from his Jazz. 
In the Auris forum, one idea would be to de-badge the car, by removing the hybrid badges. For security the Catloc is mentioned and plate or shielding to deter the thieves.
I could go on, but until there is a report that an Avensis has been a victim, I wouldn't worry to much.    

I think the Yaris hybrid has been untouched so far due the the position of the Cat . Its too awkward to remove quickly

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