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Catalytic Converter Theft Awareness Message

Sent on behalf of Cotswold Neighbourhood Inspector, Simon Ellson.

For attention of residents in the South of the Cotswold District (NWH please forward on if appropriate):

Gloucestershire Constabulary have received increased reports of catalytic converter thefts from motor vehicles over the last couple of months. 

This type of crime is increasing nationally due to the rise in metal price. 

To reduce the risk of having your catalytic converter stolen you should –

  • 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 there is a fleet of vehicles, park the low clearance vehicles to block the high clearance vehicles. This will obstruct access underneath.
  • 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.
  • For thefts occurring on driveways, consider the use of a Secured by Design (SBD) approved driveway alarm and sensor. This may assist in alerting you of a potential intruder entering your driveway or garden.
  • 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 mark your catalytic converter. Please ensure any property marking is Secured by Design (SBD) approved. 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.
  • Speak to your car dealership about the possibility of installing an approved alarm and tilt sensor that will activate the alarm should any thief try to jack the vehicle up to steal the converter. Some car dealer are offering “cage clamps” which is a device that local around your converter to make it more difficult to remove.
  • If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to Gloucestershire Constabulary. Obtain as much information as possible including any vehicle registrations and descriptions of those involved. Please contact the us via 101, report the incident online or dial 999 if necessary.

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    Beth Mackenzie
    (Police, LPSO, Cotswold Local Policing Team, Cirencester)

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