Warning after catalytic converters stolen

Thieves are targeting catalytic converters
Thieves are targeting catalytic converters

Three cars had their catalytic converters stolen in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, June 3) and police are reminding people to make sure they do all they can to protect their vehicle from thieves.

The catalytic converters were stolen from two cars in Earls Barton and one in Great Doddington. One car was a Mitsubishi, the other two Toyotas.

Catalytic converters are valuable and cost up to £1,000 to be replaced and it is believed criminal gangs travel across the country in order to steal them.

Detective Inspector Phil Mills, from the Volume Crime Team, said: “The implications for the victim of a catalytic converter theft are huge. They will be left with a vehicle that cannot be used until a replacement is fitted at a cost of between £500 and £1,000. This is expensive and inconvenient, and may also bring lost earnings and increased insurance premiums.

“The value of the parts to the thief is very low compared to the costs to the victim.”

Catalytic converter thieves target the devices because of the precious metals they contain. The most targeted vehicles in Northamptonshire are vans, pick-up trucks, people carriers, off-road vehicles and hatchback cars.

Motorists are encouraged to park their vehicle in a locked garage or in a parking spot overlooked by residents where possible, and consider using a catalytic converter protection device or marking system.

If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to police by calling 101. Please obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations.

For more information call 101 and ask for your local Crime Prevention Officer, email CrimePrevention@northants.police.uk or visit www.northants.police.uk.