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14/03/2012 – Warning to County Businesses – Cat Converter Thefts


Businesses across the county are being warned after a large increase in the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles.

The latest incident took place at a business in Sadler Road, Lincoln, overnight last night. At this stage it is believed that at least six cat converters were stolen from Mercedes vans and an attempt was made to steal form a further six. This follows another business in the road being targeted between March 9 and 12 when a further 10 cat converters were stolen from vehicles.

This is a growing issue across the county and officers are urging companies with large fleets and car dealers to review their security. Thieves are mainly targeting 4x4s and vans as it is easier for them to get underneath them to cut the converters off. Firms are being urged to think about where and how they park their vehicles in terms of restricting access underneath.

They are also being urged to review and invest in their security lighting and alarms for their sites and to make sure that any security features are advertised on perimeter fencing or entrances to the sites. Patrols are being increased in vulnerable areas and officers are asking the public to report any suspicious activity around vehicles as soon as possible.

Call Lincolnshire Police with information on 101, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111.

http://www.lincs.police.uk/News-Centre/News-Releases-2012/14-03-2012-Warning-to-County-Businesses-Cat-Converter-Thefts-.html




Published on Wednesday 14 March 2012 12:24


Businesses across Lincolnshire are being warned about a large increase in theft of catalytic converters from vehicles.

The latest incident took place at a business in Sadler Road, Lincoln, where at least six cat converters were stolen from Mercedes vans.

An attempt was also made to steal from a further six.

Another business in the same road was targeted between 9th and 12th March when a further ten cat converters were stolen from vehicles.

Police say this is a growing issue across the county and officers are urging companies with large fleets and car dealers to review their security.

Thieves are mainly targeting 4x4s and vans as it is easier for them to get underneath them to cut the converters off.

Firms are urged to think about where and how they park their vehicles in terms of restricting access underneath.

They should also review and invest in their security lighting and alarms for their sites and make sure security features are advertised on perimeter fencing or entrances to the sites.

Patrols are being increased in vulnerable areas and officers are asking the public to report any suspicious activity around vehicles as soon as possible.

Call Lincolnshire Police with information on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

http://www.worksopguardian.co.uk/news/local-news/businesses-beware-of-thefts-from-vehicles-1-4344525


Published on Wednesday 14 March 2012 09:30


THE catalytic converter theft crime wave has continued in the Bourne area with another theft on Monday night.

A converter was stolen from a Mazda in Main Road, Dyke, near Bourne, overnight between Monday and Tuesday.

There have been several similar thefts from the Bourne and Deepings area in recent weeks. Witnesses should call police on 101.

http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/local/catalytic-converter-thieves-strike-again-1-3621076


Published on Tuesday 13 March 2012 16:51


CATALYTIC converters were stolen from vehicles on Edwin Close in Quarrington and Hawthorn Drive in Sleaford.

The thefts took place on Monday evening between 8pm and 8.30pm. Police are warning residents to be on their guard as thieves are specifically targeting high ground clearance vehicles such as 4x4s and vans to gain easy access underneath.

http://www.sleafordstandard.co.uk/news/crime/catalytic-converter-thefts-1-3619816

Posted on March 15, 2012


Police are warning owners of 4×4 vehicles to be on their guard after a spate of catalytic converter thefts.

There have been six stolen in West Norfolk over the past week, five in Terrington St Clement and one in Dersingham.

Most of them have been from Ford Rangers, but two were taken from Mitsubishi vehicles and all the thefts happened overnight.

A Ford Ranger itself has also been stolen from Terrington St Clement.


Police are advising owners to park vehicles carefully, even driving over concrete slabs to reduce the distance available for thieves to get into.

Owners of 4x4s are also being told to park near a light source.

Downham Market Inspector Mick Bates said: “The increase in catalytic converter thefts is linked to the increase in scrap metal thefts across the country, due to the high price of metal. It’s a particular concern in rural areas like ours. We’re working closely with local scrap yards and metal dealers to ensure that we’re closing down any available avenue for criminals to sell on their stolen metal.”

If you see any suspicious activity or notice anyone paying specific attention to 4x4s then contact Norfolk police on 101


Published on Thursday 8 March 2012 10:10


It follows a spate of incidents, which have included thefts from a Mitsubishi, in The Rides, Langtoft and from a Kia, in Peterborough Road, Langtoft, overnight between Monday and Tuesday.

Anyone with information about the thefts should call Lincolnshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.