Since posting our notice of this criminal activity late in 2019, we have had reports of a recent spike of this crime over the last number of weeks.
In our continuing contact with An Garda Síochána, we are informed such activity is not particular to Toyota vehicles, or indeed to Ireland, it is across borders in Europe and indeed in the U.S.A.
We are very much encouraged though about the progress being made by An Garda Síochána in identifying these criminals. For our part, we are actively assisting An Garda Síochána to include considerations such as identification and traceability of the components, together with other aspects of security measures.
It is our understanding that this criminal activity is targeting specific metal elements within the catalytic converter to sell onward. We strongly urge customers who may have been a victim of this type of crime to report any such incidents to An Garda Síochána.
We together with the network of Toyota dealers have spoken with the experts in vehicle security, including An Garda Síochána. They have made recommendations in respect of possible deterrents, notably alarm systems / sensors and other security devices.
If you wish to have alarm systems / sensors and other security devices / deterrents fitted to your vehicle, please speak to your Toyota Dealer or indeed any vehicle security experts for independent advice. The Toyota Dealer will most certainly be in the best position to advise you in respect of such deterrents and arrange fitment for you at a most competitive retail price.
It should however be noted, the vehicle security experts and indeed your local Toyota dealer recommendations, regarding any such security installations, will act strictly as deterrents against theft, and are not a guarantee to prevent it.
We once again recommend that should your vehicle be subjected to theft this should be immediately reported to An Garda Síochána or indeed if you witness such activity please contact An Garda Síochána.