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Thefts From Vehicles

Alert message sent 19/11/2019 16:16:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Good Afternoon All

its come to my attention that over the last couple of nights there has been 3 cars have had there catalytic converter stolen from there car, Below is some information about how you can protect your vehicle.

Catalytic converters are designed to remove toxins from vehicle emissions. The devices contain small amounts of three precious metals - platinum, palladium and rhodium.
In recent years, the price of these metals has soared to record levels, which means that catalytic converters can provide a substantial return to a thief for just a few minutes' work.
Transit/Sprinter vans and other vehicles with high clearance are especially vulnerable.
The following sections provide crime prevention advice for vehicle owners, as well as tactics that will assist police and partners to reduce this type of vehicle crime.
Advice:
Where possible, park in your garage.
Alternatively, park in a location that restricts access underneath your vehicle.
Consider security lighting.
If your catalytic converter is "bolted 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 (see Retainagroup, right) and advertise that the vehicle has been protected (window stickers).
Message sent by
Bradley Hurt (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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