Catalytic converters are being stolen by criminals to cash in on precious metals. 

Mechanic Michael Creen joined Claire Byrne Live on Monday evening to explain the reasons behind the crime that is becoming increasingly common. 

The metals found in these converters, for example platinum and titanium can sometimes cost more than gold.

"300 to 1,000 euro worth of rhodium can be contained in these catalytic converters"

Michael Creen explained that catalytic converters make car fumes less toxic for drivers.

Certain types of cars like the Toyota Prius and the Mercedes Sprinter are being targeted and it can take less than a few minutes for someone to remove the converter with a pipe cutter.

Claire Byrne Live also hears from Angela who had her catalytic converter taken from her car.

WATCH the full interview here: