DCI Parker added: 'Our advice
to reduce the risk of your vehicle being targeted is to keep yours
in a garage whenever possible, or park in busy, well-lit areas.
You can also fit a catalytic converter clamp or security cage,
or security mark and register the metal shell of the converter
so if it is stolen and recovered, it will be easier to trace it
back to you.
'We ask the public to look out for suspicious people working under
cars and report them to police.'
Edenbridge a few weeks ago on the Skeynes Estate, one man had
the converter cut – off his vehicle early in the morning
and stolen with a matter of minutes, costing him £400 to
replace. In Marlpit Hill, at about 04.00am in the morning, one
resident was woken to see two men by his vehicle, he was quick
to respond and the robbers made a quick get away in a van, he
later checked his vehicle and found that they had cut through
the mounting brackets that held the convertor on. He was very
lucky as the vehicle he owned would have cost him about £1,
500 to replace! (These two incidents are waiting to be reported
to Kent Police)
There have been several reports of these
increasing thefts as it only takes just a matter of 5 minutes
to get the convertor off, there is easy money to be made by selling
these to scrap dealers for about £50 and sometimes a lot
But for the vehicle owners involved, who
have had this stolen from their vehicles, can cost them from a
few hundred pounds to possibly in the region of £1, 000
- £2, 000 or more depending what vehicle it was stolen from!