The Kent Police are sending out warnings for motorists due to metal thieves allegedly stealing catalytic converters.
PC Ben Clatworthy, from the Kent Police, said: “We would always encourage people to contact us if they see any suspicious behavior around vehicles, or see a theft in progress.
“Due to the valuable platinum they contain, catalytic converters are a popular target for thieves, but we will be keeping up the pressure on them and regularly visit scrapyards to ensure they don’t inadvertently handle stolen goods.”
To stop you being a victim of catalytic converter theft, the police have recommended:
- Keep vehicles in a garage whenever possible, or park in busy, well-lit areas.
- Look out for people working under cars who are acting suspiciously.
- Fit a catalytic converter clamp or security cage to protect the converter.
- Security mark and register the metal shell of the converter so if it is stolen and recovered, it will be easier to trace it back to the vehicle.