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Norfolk Constabulary: Catalytic converter thefts

31 January 2014

Police in South Norfolk are urging motorists to be vigilant as
criminals target catalytic converters.

The warning comes following incidents in Harleston, Roydon and
Scole overnight where suspect(s) have targeted vehicles.

Incidents were reported at High Road in Roydon where a Ford
Ranger was targeted on a forecourt, Pretty Drive in Scole where a
converter was stolen from a Citroen Relay van and in Wilderness
Close in Harleston where a Peugeot 406 estate car was targeted.

Chief Inspector Stuart Armes, South Norfolk Policing Commander,
urged drivers to be on their guard. He said: “Unfortunately, with
the cost of scrap metal, this sort of crime can be quite common in
rural areas.

“We are urging drivers to take extra precautions whenever
possible to try and reduce their chances of falling victim to
catalytic converter theft and we will also be targeting patrols in
these areas.

Ch Insp Armes added: “Parking parallel to another vehicle can
make access difficult. It’s best to keep your vehicle in a garage
if possible, and ensure it is fitted with an alarm.

“Security marking your catalytic converter can be very effective
and can help to identify it as a stolen item.

You can contact your
local crime reduction officer on 101 for more
information.

Additional advice includes:

  • Private vehicles should be kept in a well-secured garage where
    possible, and if no garage is available, in a well-lit, public
    area.
  • Vehicles can be parked in such a way as to make access to the
    catalytic converter difficult, or parallel with another vehicle if
    you own one.
  • Commercial vehicles should also be kept in a locked building or
    compound.
  • Use alarms, lighting and CCTV to deter thieves.
  • Remove items of value from your vehicle whilst unattended and
    keep it secure at all times.
  • Mark your catalytic converter – etching the part and spraying
    with heat-resistant paint.

    Contact your local crime reduction
    officer on 101 for more information.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the
incidents or noticed anything suspicious in the areas around the
times stated.

Contact Norfolk Police on 101 or call
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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