Catalytic Converor Thefts

Alert message sent 21/05/2020 10:31:00

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Despite the lockdown, there has been a number of Catalytic Convertors stolen from vehicles in and around the county and Police are advising drivers and businesses to follow crime prevention advice to protect their vehicles and make them more secure.
Catalytic converters, which are fitted to vehicle exhaust systems, are targeted by thieves because of the precious metals they contain. Due to where these units are located on the vehicle they are difficult to access and removal causes costly damage.
As criminals continue to target vehicles across the country, owners are being advised to follow crime prevention advice to make their cars and vans more secure.
Police urge the public to remain vigilant and report incidents of suspected catalytic converter theft, particularly where people are trying to get under cars in public car parks or on public roads. If you see this happening, please call 999 immediately.”
In order to minimise the chance of becoming a victim we offer the following advice:
• Lock your car whenever it is left unattended and keep it in a garage when parked at night if possible.
• When using a garage is not possible, park close to fences, walls or a kerb with the exhaust being closest to the fence, wall or kerb to make theft difficult.
• Consider fitting CCTV on your home or driveway, to help deter thieves.
• Use PIR or LED security lighting to make your vehicle more visible and this can also act as a deterrent.
• If your catalytic converter is bolted on, consider having the bolts welded to make removal difficult.
• Fit protective coverings on catalytic converters, such as the Toyota manufactured CATLOC device, as these can make it much more difficult for thieves.
• Have your catalytic converter etched or forensically marked and put stickers in the windscreen to say this has been done.
• Look for car parks with a Secured Car Park sign which have recognised levels of security. If you have a garage at home, ensure you use it and lock it properly.
• Noisy gravel on your drive can help deter a would-be thief, as they don’t want to alert you to their approach.
For more crime prevention advice, please visit the website at www.leics.police.uk
Message sent by
Laura Bolton (Police, PCSO, Harborough and Wigston)

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