Thefts from motor vehicles
15 January 2013
Police are appealing for information after more catalytic
converter thefts, this time in the Rushmere and Kesgrave area, that
are believed to have happened overnight Sunday 13 – Monday 14
Catalytic converters were stolen from a Mitsubishi Shogun parked
at Elm Road in Rushmere between 3pm on Sunday and 9am yesterday;
from a Ford Ranger at Mackenzie Drive in Kesgrave between 5pm on
Friday 11 and 6.15am yesterday, Monday 14; from a Mitsubishi Shogun
parked at Penzance Road in Kesgrave between 5.30pm on Sunday and
7.30am yesterday; from a Mitsubishi Shogun parked at Oregon Road in
Kesgrave between 3pm on Sunday and 8am yesterday; and from a
Peugeot motorhome at Blackdown Avenue in Rushmere between 3.45pm on
Sunday and 7.45am yesterday.
In all cases the vehicles had been left parked on a driveway
outside a home.
Across Suffolk there has been an increase in this type of theft
in recent weeks and police are urging owners of vehicles with
catalytic converters to take steps to secure them and for all
residents to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity
immediately using 999.
Anyone with information about any of these incidents in Kesgrave
and Rushmere is asked to call PC 531 Fairweather on
Police recommend drivers take the following steps to secure
their vehicles from this type of theft : –
- If possible keep your vehicle in a well-secured garage, and use
a shed or garage alarm to trigger if a door is opened.
- Vehicles can be parked in such a way as to make access to the
catalytic converter difficult, or parallel with another vehicle if
you own one. The converter itself can be secured with a clamp and
anti-tamper alarms are available.
- Commercial vehicles should also be kept in a locked building or
compound, supported by alarms, lighting and CCTV.
- Catalytic converters can be marked with etching or UV pens, or
with SmartWater, which is an invisible liquid with a unique formula
that forensically proves where the marked item comes from. Please
contact your local Crime Reduction Officer or Safer Neighbourhood
Team for details of marking sessions and current security
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