A leading metal expert who works with police forces across the UK has told Express.co.uk electric cables and EV batteries will soon be at risk. It comes as global demand for parts inside the cars has soared in recent months, sparking interest from criminals.
Robin Edwards analyst at ONIS consulting works with the British Transport Police and the National Police Chiefs Council and has warned some parts could be worth a ”lot of money”.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he even warned a new black market for electric car batteries could become the next big area for officers.
He warned the price of new batteries could be too high for many consumers, which could force many to purchase stolen goods to repair their vehicles.
He said: “To be honest there is probably going to be three [areas] to this.
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“But in the shorter term I think it is going to be the EV cables and additional car parts are going to be stripped and sold, because they are worth a lot of money.
“Some of it will be shipped overseas as well, the headlights and other parts are common overseas as well.”
His warnings come after a surge in catalytic converter crime over the past year as the price of precious metals found inside the devices such as rhodium and palladium increased.
Car insurance firm Admiral said they saw a 44 percent increase in catalytic converter thefts in 2020 compared to the year before.