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We are issuing advice to motorists after a number of catalytic converter thefts in recent weeks.
Thieves have been targeting car parks as well as residential streets and are able to remove the catalytic converter in less than a minute. Vehicle models that are regularly targeted include Toyota, Lexus and Honda, however any vehicle with a catalytic converter could be chosen by criminals.
In recent months, we have seen a number of thefts in the South Normanton, Pinxton and Swanwick areas.
A catalytic converter is a device on vehicle exhausts that reduces the toxic gases and pollutants. Precious metals must be used because the converters have to work efficiently enough to meet emissions standards, and they are being stolen because of the value of these precious metals.
We are encouraging motorists to follow these safety tips to protect your catalytic converters, which could help reduce the chance of becoming a victim:
If you see anyone acting suspicious/appearing to be working on a car in a public car park, please report it to us.
Reporting an incident quickly and with a full description of the offenders including their physical appearance, clothing and the vehicle they are travelling in is really useful for officers hunting for the criminals.
The thieves will sometimes use cloned vehicles so providing the colour and model of car, as well as any identifying features on the vehicles such as dents, bumps, scratches and stickers can also be really helpful for officers responding to calls about possible ongoing thefts.
The cars that are most often targeted are hybrid vehicles, as the catalytic converter is used less frequently. The metals they use are less likely to corrode, meaning they are worth more.
To report any suspicious activity, please contact us via any of the following methods:
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Please note in the event of an emergency, or a crime in progress, you should always call 999.