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Theft of Catalytic Converter in Oxford

Alert message sent 21/07/2020 10:28:00

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a theft of catalytic converter from the car park in Normandy Crescent, Lye Valley.
At around 9:55am on Friday (17/7) offenders stole a catalytic converter parked outside of the owner’s property.
The offender/s left in a silver Ford Mondeo Estate.

If you have any information or dash cam footage that could assist our investigation, please report online at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ quoting reference number 43200218531.

Catalytic Converter theft
The precious metal in catalytic converters has led to an increase in their theft. To keep yours safe, ask your car dealer if they can give you any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer. Alternatively, try to make sure your vehicle is parked in a garage overnight, or if you have a commercial vehicle park it in a secure compound. If this is not possible, park in an area that is well-lit and overlooked and try to park so that the convertor converter cannot be easily reached by potential thieves. Vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.

Advice for vehicle owners
Where possible, park in your garage
Alternatively, park in a location that restricts access underneath your vehicle
If your catalytic converter is ‘bolt on,’ you can have the bolts welded shut
Consider the installation of CCTV to protect your vehicle
Identify/etch your converter with a unique serial number and advertise that the vehicle has been protected (window stickers)

Advice for businesses
Fencing around vehicles may act as a deterrent to opportunist catalytic converter thieves
If you have a fleet of vehicles, block those with high clearance using vehicles with low clearance. Obstruct access underneath the vehicles
Consider the installation of security lighting.
Consider installing appropriate CCTV to protect your vehicle fleet
If your vehicles have ‘bolt on’ catalytic converters, you can have the bolts welded shut
Identify/etch your converters with a unique serial number and advertise that the vehicle has been protected (window stickers) http://www.retainagroup.com/
Identify your catalytic convertors with forensic etching visit: www.smartwater.com/catconverter

For more Crime Prevention please visit our website - https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-from-a-vehicle/vehicle-safe-and-sound/
 
 
 
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