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Catalytic convertor theft crime prevention advice

Alert message sent 08/02/2020 17:18:00

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Catalytic Convertor thefts (Kidlington area) - crime prevention advice.

Did you know a thief can take the catalytic converter from your car in a matter of minutes and leave you to foot the bill? Cars which are often targeted are those with higher chassis, such as a 4x4 or an SUV, however, other cars can still be targeted.

We have recently seen an increase in vehicles parked in large public car parks in the Kidlington area being targeted in this type of crime.
 
To reduce the risk of having your catalytic converter stolen, you should:

- 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.

 
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Alison Drury (Police, PCSO, Kidlington)

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