Thieves targeting catalytic converters

By Dan Santy Friday 25 January 2013 Updated: 31/01 09:15

Latest News

Buy photos » Vans and 4x4s are easy targets for thieves targeting catalytic converters due to their height. (s)

THREE drivers have suffered at the hands of thieves targeting catalytic converters in as many days.

Police are warning owners of vans and 4x4s to find ways to protect themselves from thieves after three converters were stolen this week from town streets.

Due to their height 4x4s and vans are easy targets for such thefts, with skilled thieves able to remove the converters in a matter of seconds.

On Monday (January 21) a catalytic converter was stolen on Winfield Street, causing more than £2,000 of damage to the vehicle.

Further thefts of converters were reported on Tuesday (January 22) from Malvern Avenue and on Wednesday (January 23) in Claremont Road.

Police are urging owners of 4x4s and vans to consider fitting anti-theft devices to their converters. The kits, which can be bought online, cost around £100.

Other security measures include etching kits which enable a catalytic converter to be identified if it is stolen.

And stickers placed in the vehicle window, stating the converter has been marked, may act as a deterrent to thieves.

Crime prevention officer, Ian King, said: "The cost of the kits to secure the catalytic converter is a small price to pay compared to the damage and inconvenience caused if it is stolen.

"I also recommend the cat converter is marked at the same time as the locking device is fitted. Unfortunately due to the speed with which the thieves can strike they can be stolen from wherever you park. The thieves arrive with their tools and within seconds have removed it.

"Police regularly carry out checks on scrap metal dealers, which is where the stolen catalytic converters end up, and if the owner has marked their cat converter police will be able to identify it as being stolen. This information alone could lead to an arrest and a conviction."

Share This

Popular »

1 Tributes paid to TV auctioneer David Barby

2 Re-think urged in traffic system row

3 Boy threatened by teens

4 Winter shelters bracing for increased demand

5 M&S, Burton head to bigger out-of-town stores

More news »

Call to cut cost of councillors

A CALL to cut allowances paid to councillors

Fault knocks out streetlights

PARTS of Rugby were plunged into darkness last

Second man charged with robbery at jewellers

A SECOND man has been charged with a

Disgust at hit and run driver

A FATHER has slammed the 'disgusting' behaviour of

Regional news »


Coventry Observer
Coventry terror teen in court

POLICE have named the 19-year-old Coventry man arrested on suspicion ...

Solihull Observer
The countdown to Christmas has begun

THE COUNTDOWN to Christmas began in Shirley as townsfolk turned ...

Leamington Observer
Warwick District Council hq shortlist revealed

WARWICK District Council has drawn up a shortlist of possible ...

Stratford Observer
Branching out for charity

CARING Stratford residents can remember a loved one and help ...