Norfolk Police offer further warnings after spate of converter thefts

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Norfolk Police are urging motorists to be vigilant and are appealing for information after a further spate of catalytic converter thefts across south Norfolk.

Between Friday, January 24 and Thursday, January, 30, a catalytic converter was removed from a Peugeot 406 on Wilderness Close in Harleston.

And between Friday and Saturday, there were ten incidents across south Norfolk and Breckland, with a Toyota Hilux, Mitsubushi L200, Ford Ranger and Citroen Relay vans targeted.

Incidents have been reported at Cherry Tree Close and The Street in North Lopham, Market Place and Church Street in Kenninghall, Marsh Lane in New Buckenham, Pound Close in Banham, Horner Close and High Road in Roydon and Pretty Drive in Scole.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed any of these incidents or heard or saw any suspicious activity in these areas over the weekend.

Two men were seen acting suspiciously in the Scole area, the first described as a white male, late 20s to early 30s, 6ft tall slim build, and wearing a long knee length coat. The second is described as a white male, aged late 20s to early 30s, 5’8” to 5’10” tall with short dark hair, of medium to stocky build and wearing dark clothing.

Inspector Paul Wheatley, Breckland district, said: “We are targeting our patrols in these areas and we are advising drivers to take precautions to reduce the chances of falling victim to this type of crime.”

Norfolk Police are offering the following advice to motorists:

1. Private vehicles should be kept in a well-secured garage where possible, and if no garage is available, in a well-lit, public area.

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

3. Commercial vehicles should also be kept in a locked building or compound.

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

5. Remove items of value from your vehicle whilst unattended and keep it secure at all times.

6. Mark your catalytic converter - etching the part and spraying with heat-resistant paint. Contact your local crime reduction officer on 101 for more information.