Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

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Warning about Catalytic Converter Thefts

Please be aware there have been a number of catalytic converter thefts across Cambridgeshire in recent months.

Toyotas and Hondas are high on the list with 4x4s and Sprinter vans also popular targets.

Thieves are selecting models that have high value metals within the converter.

Using high powered cutting tools they can jack up vehicles and cut out converters within a matter of minutes.

We are urging residents to take precautions as your vehicle may be targeted. To keep your vehicle safe:

  • Mark your converter with a unique code so it’s harder for thieves to sell
  • Approach your dealership for advice about fitting a Catloc or another protective device
  • Park with your exhaust close to a fence, wall or kerb to reduce the risk of theft
  • Install a 24-hour dashcam
  • Purchase a driveway alarm
  • Park in a well-lit area, ideally covered by CCTV
  • If your catalytic converter is bolted on, consider having the bolts welded to make removal difficult.

For more advice please follow this link: https://bit.ly/3qsaQjP

Further Information 
Officers from the Fenland Neighborhood Policing Team are issuing a warning to motorists following an increasing number of thefts and attempted thefts of catalytic converters across the district.
Offenders are most commonly targeting parked Toyota Prius, Toyota Auris, Honda Jazz, Honda Civic, Honda CRVs and Lexus RX400 vehicles.
Officers are investigating the offences, many of which are believed to be linked. In many of the cases, offenders use car jacks to lift the vehicle and are able to remove the catalytic converter in a matter of minutes.
There are a number of steps you can take to try to protect your vehicle’s catalytic converter:
When parking in a car park and having to leave your vehicle unattended, try to park with the front of your car against a wall and avoid parking at the end of a row. This makes it harder for offenders to gain access.
When at home, if you can, park your vehicle in a locked garage or, if that is not possible, park in a busy well-lit area, as close to your property as possible.
You can also consider installing a Thatcham-approved alarm to your vehicle, one that activates when the vehicle is lifted or tilted offers effective protection.
You can also mark your catalytic converter with a forensic marker.

If you see such a crime in progress, please call 999 immediately. Anyone with any information about catalytic converter thefts should call the non-emergency number 101 or make a report on our website.

For more information please see - https://www.cambs.police.uk/A-Z/Catalytic-converter-thefts