Sunday, 10 June 2012

Police warning to motorists after catalytic converter thefts

Police are urging residents to call them immediately if they spot anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles after recent thefts.

Since Thursday May 31 2012 six catalytic converters have been reported stolen from cars in the Yate, Chipping Sodbury and Old Sodbury areas. The vehicles have mainly been parked on driveways or streets in residential areas overnight. Officers are carrying out extensive enquiries, visiting scrap merchants and making targeted patrols of the affected areas.

Police say thieves can steal a 'cat' within five minutes. Drivers are advised to garage their cars overnight if possible. If parking on a driveway install low energy, motion-sensing security lighting and if parking on-street to try to park in a well-lit area.

Other advice includes etching or painting the 'cat' with your postcode and fitting a catalytic converter clamp. For more vehicle security information visit the police website,

Anyone with any information which could help police enquiries into the thefts is urged to ring police on 101. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

1 comment:

  1. never knew that people can actually steal catalytic converter.. funny