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Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention

Alert message sent 22/10/2020 16:20:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

We are warning motorists to be vigilant following a recent increase in thefts of catalytic converter thefts. They are attractive to thieves due to the current high prices of the metals inside them, and because they are relatively quick and easy to steal. Cars which are often targeted are those with higher chassis, such as 4x4 or an SUV, however other cars can still be targeted.

The RCT have been working with local authorities and have also been visiting local scrap merchants to remind them of their responsibilities. Under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, dealers must request photographic identification and proof of address from people selling scrap to them.

If you see someone acting suspiciously around a vehicle, report it to police on 101. Ideally, provide a vehicle registration/make/model and colour, and a description of the suspects.

If you witness a crime in progress, call 999.

You can help deter thieves by:

- Parking your vehicle in a secure garage overnight or somewhere that makes it difficult for thieves to access its underside.

- 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.

- Parking where neighbours and passers-by could see anyone tampering with the vehicle.

- Installing motion activated security lighting or CCTV.

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

- Marking your catalytic converter with a commercially-available etching kit or fitting a 'cat' clamp or alarm. This can also help police trace the item and prove a theft, helping us bring offenders to justice.

Message sent by
Giovanna Traetto-Reynolds (Police, PCSO, OPERATION SENTINEL RURAL TEAM)

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