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Alert message sent 15/10/2020 22:25:00

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Dear Members,

Hope you all are well and staying safe. Your local beat team is encouraging vehicle owners to be extra vigilant due to a rise in catalytic converter thefts from cars in our area as well as the surrounding areas of Oadby.

Thieves are targeting vehicles for the parts due to the value of the precious metals such as Palladium, platinum and Rhodium they contain, as precious metal prices go up the demand for parts that contain them goes up too, resulting in the risk of theft increasing.

The process of stealing a catalytic converter can be carried out in as little as 60 seconds with battery powered tools.

Now Leicestershire Police has launched a campaign to make drivers aware of the issue after a number of incidents across the force area.

The force will be will be installing bold warning signs in hotspot locations to warn drivers, will be promoting how to reduce the risk of being targeted on social media channels and via Neighbourhood Link and is working with a number of garages to offer free security marking for catalytic convertors.

The theft of catalytic converters can happen anytime day or night via typical locations such as:

• Car parks - typically Supermarkets
• Driveways
• On street parking.

Thieves cut the catalytic converter from the exhaust pipe of a parked car and sell them on for profit.

Taller vehicles (4x4s) are particularly vulnerable as the converters are more accessible and because they tend to have larger engines, contain more of the precious metals.

Detective Chief Inspector Reme Gibson said: “We have seen a rise in catalytic converter thefts around the force area. Predominantly, these crimes tend to occur in supermarket car parks and private driveways.

“Any vehicle can be subject to catalytic converter theft, however Toyota Auris, Toyota Prius, Honda Jazz and Honda Accord are known to be more vulnerable to this type of theft. We urge vehicle owners to take measures when parking and reduce the risk of theft.”

To reduce the risk of theft of your car's catalytic converter:

• Park your car in a garage or somewhere that makes it difficult for anyone to access its underside
• Install CCTV that captures where you park
• Don’t park your car in one place for long periods of time
• Secure your catalytic converter with extra bolts to make it more difficult to remove
• Try defensive parking against a wall or by another lower vehicle to make it more difficult to get under
• Have a mechanic weld the catalytic converter to the exhaust system
• Park your car in lit up areas or on busy areas
• When you book in for your next MOT, service, ask your *local garage to fit the marking kit onto your vehicle for FREE! *List of garages participating within the scheme:

Brookside, 1 Cannock Street, Leicester, LE4 9HR
Euro Tyres, 68 Barkby Road, Leicester, LE4 9LF

The force is seeking to work with more garages as the campaign progresses.

Visit our website for further vehicle crime prevention information https://www.leics.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-from-a-vehicle/vehicle-safe-and-sound/

Finally please click on the link below from the BBC website to check Local lockdown rules: What Covid tier is my area in?


Stay Safe and remember the three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other

Wash hands- keep washing your hands regularly or use sanitiser gel
Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces (unless you have an exemption from wearing one)
Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart

PCSO Ali Haq
Wigston Police Station
Bull Head Street

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