Thefts of Catalytic Converters
Wed Oct 18 2017 
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Kent Police have issued a warning to be vigilant concerning the increasing theft of catalytic converters from vehicles.
Kent

 

After many years of complaints and severe criticism by residents

 

There have been 33 reports of thefts of catalytic converters in the Sevenoaks – Tunbridge Wells -Tonbridge areas, since 1st October 2013.

These are broken down into areas as follows:

Swanley - 3
Tonbridge and East Peckham - 10
Tunbridge Wells - 3
Sevenoaks including Otford and Kemsing - 14
Westerham - 3

 

This information is from DCI Neil Parker about cat converter theft and appropriate advice:

Most petrol vehicles made since 1992 are fitted with catalytic converters which often contain small amounts of precious metals, making them a target for metal thieves.
DCI Neil Parker from Kent Police's Proactive Crime Investigation Team said: 'Some catalytic converters are attached to the bottom of vehicles while others can only be accessed via the engine compartment, which means the thief has to break into the vehicle first to pop the bonnet open.
'We are doing all we can to catch those responsible and in September a man was jailed for conspiracy to steal from motor vehicles after three catalytic converters worth £9,000 had been stolen from East Peckham.'

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.'

In 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 more!.

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!

 

   

Please click on this link for further advice:
http://www.kent.police.uk/advice/personal/your_guide/attachments/your_guide_vehicle_security.pdf

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