The theft of catalytic converters and DPF's from cars in England and Wales rose sixfold in 2019!
Last year, there were over 12,000 recorded thefts of catalytic and DPF's, with London and the south east particularly badly hit.
In 2018, there were just over 2,000 thefts.
Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims, car crime lead for the National Police Chiefs' Council, said "police were committed to tackling the thefts and the organised gangs behind them"
"Police forces across the country are involved in planning and undertaking intelligence-led operations, at both regional and national levels, to stop converters from being stolen, as we recognise the devastating impact these crimes can have upon the lives of victims," she said.
The figures were released to 5 Live Investigations by police forces in England and Wales.