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Catalytic converter theft Burbage

Alert message sent 18/03/2020 08:03:00

Information sent on behalf of Leicestershire Police


Hello,

We have suffered from sporadic thefts of catalytic converters over recent months. They are targeted due to the value of the metals they are made from. Replacing these is highly inconvenient and can be very expensive. I have listed below a few suggestions to minimise the risk of being targeted.

I have several “RETAINA GUARD” Catalytic converter packs available £5 each (sold at cost). Contact me if you would like one.

To reduce the risk of having your catalytic converter stolen, you should try and:

*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

*If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to the Police on 101 or 999. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations

you can find out more at https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/security/catalytic-converter-theft

See you soon,

Darren 6035
 
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Darren Stretton (Police, PCSO 6035, Hinckley and Blaby, Burbage)

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