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 January.

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 101.

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 methods.

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