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Advice issued following catalytic converter thefts in Winchester

Alert message sent 06/09/2019 11:32:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

We have issued crime prevention advice following three thefts of catalytic converters in Winchester.

Two of the thefts took place at St Catherine’s Park and Ride car park, and the other was stolen from a car parked in Middlebrook Street.

They all took place on Wednesday 4 September.

We are looking see if these incidents are linked.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting crime reference number 44190316090.

Thieves steal catalytic converters for the valuable metals they can contain. Vehicles with a higher chassis are often targeted.

We would like to remind people of the following advice to best protect your vehicle:

• park your car in a locked garage where possible, but if this isn’t an option, then park in a well-lit and well-populated area
• if parking in a public car park, consider parking alongside other cars and facing your bonnet towards a wall, if possible
• avoid parking half on the pavement and half on the road
• look out for people working under cars. If you see anything suspicious, call the police
• if your catalytic converter is ‘bolted on’, you can have the bolts welded shut
• consider security lighting and CCTV at home
• identify/etch your converter with a unique mark or serial number
Message sent by
Christopher Gregory (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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