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Catalytic Convertor Thefts

Alert message sent 19/01/2021 11:20:00

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Thefts of catalytic converters.
The police are actively investigating these crimes. However, here 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
Consider security lighting
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
If you see any suspicious behaviour in progress call the police on 999. If you have any further information please call the police non emergency number on 101, or Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. For further advice or information, please call your local neighbourhood team on 101 or visit www.thamesvalley.police.uk/crprev
 
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Justine Pritchard (Police, Neighbourhood Policing Administrator , Thames Valley)

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