Posted on 15th June 2015
Motorists are being urged to be on their guard following a number of catalytic converter thefts across the Chesterfield Division.
Over the past few weeks, police have received reports of thieves targeting commercial vehicles across Amber Valley, Bolsover District, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.
At around 12.10am on Sunday, June 14, offenders stole the catalytic convertor from a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The vehicle was parked on the driveway of a property on Whitecotes Lane in Chesterfield during the incident. (25000/15)
The catalytic convertors of three vans were stolen after thieves climbed over a fence and into a transport yard along Derby Road in Marehay, Ripley. The incident is believed to have taken place overnight between 5pm on Thursday, June 11 and 7am the following day. (24628/15)
Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: "Following these incidents, I would ask motorists to park in well-lit, overlooked areas where possible and ensure that alarm systems are activated before leaving their vehicle unattended.
"Thieves would have had to get underneath the vehicle in order to remove the catalytic convertor so where possible, park in a safe location where it is difficult for the offenders to access.
"I would urge residents to remain vigilant and to report anyone acting suspiciously, especially around commercial vehicles, to us without delay as this could prevent yours or your neighbour's vehicle from being targeted by thieves."
Anyone with any information about the above incidents is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
To report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.