The next wave of UK car crime will target electric car drivers, with cables and batteries being targeted.
ELECTRIC CAR OWNERS are being warned that they may soon become a target of the UK’s next major crime wave.
Electric cables and EV batteries will soon be at risk, according to a top metal specialist who works with police departments across the UK. It comes as global demand for car parts has surged in recent months, piqueing crooks’ interest.
Some sections could be worth a “lot of money,” according to Robin Edwards, an analyst at ONIS consulting who works with the British Transport Police and the National Police Chiefs Council.
He also cautioned this website that a new black market for electric car batteries could be the next big thing for cops.
He warned that the cost of new batteries could be prohibitively expensive for many users, forcing them to buy stolen components to fix their automobiles.
“To be honest, there will probably be three [areas]to this,” he remarked.
“They’re going to nick the EV charging outlets since they have a copper cable,” says the narrator.
“Then you’ve got the lithium-ion batteries. I’m not saying they’re worth much as scrap, but they do appear to be appealing to folks who want to do other things with them, such as store power.
“Another thing I’d stress is that if you have a five-year-old electric car, the battery is approaching the end of its useful life.
“Replacing it will cost around £4,000, and someone could give you a low-mileage one for £1,000 that simply bolts on beneath, which is another danger.
“However, I believe that in the short run, the EV cables and other car parts will be stripped and sold because they are worth a lot of money.
“Some of it will be sent internationally as well; headlights and other parts are widely used in other countries.”
His cautions follow an upsurge in catalytic converter theft over the last year, as the price of precious metals used in the devices, such as rhodium and palladium, has risen.
Admiral, a car insurance company, reported a 44 percent rise in catalytic converter thefts in 2020 compared to the previous year.
According to Ageas, theft claims from private automobiles accounted for 30% of all claims in the first quarter of 2021.
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