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Theft of Catalytic Converters in Oxford

Alert message sent 30/06/2020 11:48:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Three Catalytic Converters were stolen from vehicles between Friday (26/6) and Saturday (27/6) the Oxford area.

One offence occurred in Leiden Road, Headington between the (26/6) and (28/6) - reference number 43200193660.
The second offence occurred in Three Fields Road, Headington between 9am and 7.30pm on the (27/6) - reference number 43200194124.
The third offence occurred in Oxford Road, Littlemore at 11.50 on (27/6) reference number - 43200192952

If you witnessed the incident, or have any information that may assist our investigation, please report this online at - https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ quoting the relevant reference number.
Alternatively you can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Whilst the police are investigating the offences, there are some things you could do to reduce the chances of your vehicle being targeted:

Advice for vehicle owners
Where possible, park in your garage
Alternatively, park in a location that restricts access underneath your vehicle
If your catalytic converter is ‘bolt on,’ you can have the bolts welded shut
Consider the installation of CCTV to protect your vehicle
Identify/etch your converter with a unique serial number and advertise that the vehicle has been protected (window stickers)
 
Advice for businesses
Fencing around vehicles may act as a deterrent to opportunist catalytic converter thieves.
If you have a fleet of vehicles, block those with high clearance using vehicles with low clearance. Obstruct access underneath the vehicles.
Consider the installation of security lighting.
Consider installing appropriate CCTV to protect your vehicle fleet.
If your vehicles have ‘bolt on’ catalytic converters, you can have the bolts welded shut.
Identify/etch your converters with a unique serial number and advertise that the vehicle has been protected (window stickers) http://www.retainagroup.com/
Identify your catalytic convertors with forensic etching visit: www.smartwater.com/catconverter
 

 
 
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Michelle Beahan (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Oxford LPA)

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