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Catalytic converter marking day in Stradbroke deemed a success

Proprietor Rob Burton, PCSO Vince Clarkson, PCSO Abigail Durrant, PC Jacqueline Thomas and PCSO Kane Martin at a catalytic converter marking event held in Stradbroke.

Proprietor Rob Burton, PCSO Vince Clarkson, PCSO Abigail Durrant, PC Jacqueline Thomas and PCSO Kane Martin at a catalytic converter marking event held in Stradbroke.

Mid Suffolk officers marked 21 cars at a free event designed to deter thieves from stealing catalytic converters.

The session, held at the Barley Green Garage, Stradbroke on Saturday, was targeted at marking high-sided type vehicles, although all makes and models were welcome.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Kane Martin from Mid Suffolk North Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “The day was organised as a pro-active way of deterring criminals from stealing catalytic convertors. All individuals were also given general road and car safety advice as well.

“I would like to personally, on behalf of Suffolk Constabulary, thank Barley Green Garage who kindly supported us by allowing us the use of their site, ramps and staff to conduct the day at no charge.”

Proprietor Rob Burton from Barley Green Garage said: “We are always willing to help local police in combatting vehicle crime and look forward to running the next event. We would be very pleased to make our facilities available again in the future for this very worthwhile campaign.”

Officers have also offered advice to reduce the risk of catalytic converters being stolen, including:

1. Keep private vehicles in a well-secured garage where possible, and if no garage is available, in a well-lit public area.

2. Park vehicles in such a way as to make access to the catalytic converter difficult, or parallel with another vehicle if you own one.

3. Keep commercial vehicles in a locked building or compound.

4. Use alarms, lighting and CCTV to deter thieves.

Further marking sessions will be organised in the future. For more details please contact your local Crime Reduction Officer by calling 101.

 

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