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Don't make it easy for catalytic converter thieves

Wednesday, 21st December 2011.

Don't leave a Christmas present around for catalytic converter thieves - that's the latest holiday message from Suffolk police.

Police are urging van drivers to take steps to keep their vehicles safe, following the theft of eleven catalytic converters across Suffolk in the last five days.

The catalytic converters have been stolen from vehicles in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Claydon, Needham Market and Great Waldingfield, but an attempt has been made as close to Haverhill as Clare.

The majority of vans targeted were Mercedes Sprinters, with three Iveco Dailys also having their cats stolen.

Two attempts to remove catalytic converters were also made in Ipswich and Clare.

Suffolk Police recommend getting your catalytic converter marked, recent sessions have been held across Suffolk and some garages have been issued with kits to continue marking cats for customers.

You can also take the following steps to keep your vehicle safe:
Private vehicles should be kept in a well-secured garage where possible, and if no garage is available, in a well-lit, public area;
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;
Commercial vehicles should also be kept in a locked building or compound;
Use appropriate alarms, lighting and CCTV to deter thieves;
Remove items of value from your vehicle whilet unattended and keep it secure at all times.

Anyone with any information about the theft of catalytic converters should call Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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