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Theft from vehicles and Catalytic converters theft

Over the last few days there have been several incidents of theft from vehicles in Burbage and also a theft of a catalytic converter.

The theft from vehicles have happened in the areas of Sapcote Road, Coventry Road and Navy Close. Items taken include sunglasses, bank cards and bags. There does not appear to be any damage to the vehicles and it is unknown if the vehicles had been left unlocked or have been accessed by other methods. There is also no pattern to the types of vehicle targeted. Please remember not to leave anything inside your vehicle regardless of value as an opportunistic thief may see it as an opportunity. Double check your vehicle before you lock up for the night. If you see any suspicious behaviour please report it.

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There have been several vehicle related crimes over the last month from business premises in Burbage. We are working with businesses to support around crime prevention and targeted patrols. Please remember, if you leave your vehicle on a car park to ensure you leave nothing in it and the vehicle is secure. Please consider steering locks, car key wallets, try to park in an area covered by lighting and/or CCTV. If you own a business in Burbage and would like a chat please get in touch if we can be of any help. 

Catalytic Converter Theft

Whilst we have only suffered the one theft recently in Burbage on Coventry Road, Please be aware of this type of crime and whether you could be targeted. Types of vehicle that get targeted due to the precious metals found in the catalytic converter include Hybrid models such as Honda Jazz, Toyota Prius, Toyota Auris and Lexus RX.
Some good advice to follow if you have one of these vehicles include,

*Park your car in a locked garage where possible, but if this isn’t an option, then park it in a well-lit and well-populated area

*Park close to fences, walls or a kerb with the exhaust being closest to the fence, wall or kerb to make the theft more difficult

*Avoid parking your vehicle half on the pavement and half on the road, as this may make it easier for thieves to access the catalytic converter

*If parking in a public car park, consider parking alongside other cars and facing you bonnet towards the wall if possible. With the catalytic converter positioned at the front of your vehicle, this will make it harder for thieves to get close enough to steal it
If there is a fleet of vehicles, park the low clearance vehicles to block the high clearance vehicles. This will obstruct access underneath

*If your catalytic converter is bolted on, you can ask for your local garage to weld the bolts to make it more difficult to remove.
Alternatively, you can also etch a serial number on the converter

*You can even purchase a ‘cage clamp’ which is a cage device that locks in around the converter to make it more difficult to remove

*Speak to your dealership about the possibility of adding a tilt sensor that will activate the alarm should any thief try to jack the vehicle up to steal the converter  

*If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to the Police. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations

If you have a friend, neighbour or family member who has a van, vehicle mentioned or just if you spot they have left items in their vehicle, please pass the message on.

Thank you and Take care,

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Darren Stretton (Police, PCSO 6035, Hinckley and Blaby NPA, Burbage)

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