Spate of catalytic converter thefts prompts police appeal

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A number of catalytic converters have been stolen across west Suffolk, including one in Mickfield.

The catalytic converter from a Mitsubishi Shogun parked in Stonham Road, was taken between 7pm on Sunday, and 9am on Monday.

A further two converter thefts during the same time, in Ixworth and Bardwell also took place, while between 5pm Friday and 7am on Tuesday, a catalytic converter from a Toyota Hiace van was removed in Elmswell.

Anyone who knows anything about the crimes should contact Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The police has offered a number of tips for motorists, who are advised to consider the following advice to protect their catalytic converters, in particular owners of vehicles with a high ground clearance which are often targeted.

- Park your vehicle in a locked and secure garage or compound at all times.

- The use of alarms, lighting and CCTV should be considered to deter thieves.

- If this isn’t possible park in a well-lit, public area.

- 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.

- Look out for people ‘working’ under vehicles as they may not be the owners or lease holders, even if they have fluorescent jackets on.

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

- Mark your catalytic converter by etching your vehicle registration onto the metal shell, or by using a Secured By Design (SBD) approved forensic marking solution which is a heat-resistant paint. This makes it easier for police to trace the converter back to your vehicle should it ever be stolen, and links offenders to a crime.

- Consider fitting additional security on your vehicle by installing an SBD approved converter security product, such as a clamp.

- Visit the SBD website www.securedbydesign.comfor more information on police approved security products.

For more information contact your local Crime Reduction Officer on 101.