Rise in catalytic converter thefts in Corby area

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Drivers are being warned about a recent rise in catalytic converter thefts from vehicles.

Four catalytic converters were stolen from Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans in the Corby area between 3pm on Tuesday (February 12) and 3.30pm on Wednesday (February 13).

Catalytic converters are part of the exhaust system and contain a number of rare metals which can make them valuable to thieves.

Vehicle crime lead for the force, Detective Inspector Ali Farr, said: “Vehicles with a high clearance tend to be targeted by criminals as they are easier to access from underneath.

“The catalytic converters can be cut or unbolted in just minutes.

“The main types of vehicles targeted include vans, pick-up trucks and 4X4s.

“We are seeing a particular increase in Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans being targeted across the county.

“Wherever possible, motorists are advised to reverse up to walls or fixed objects when parking or ensure their vehicles are housed securely.

“We urge people to remain vigilant against metal thieves targeting catalytic converters, and call us immediately if you notice anyone acting suspiciously around a vehicle.”