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Neighbourhood Watch: Free catalytic converter marking offered to drivers

Neighbourhood Watch: Free catalytic converter marking offered to drivers

Hertfordshire Constabulary has acquired security marking kits, which can help to deter catalytic converter thefts. Catalytic converters, which are fitted to vehicle exhaust systems, are targeted by thieves because of the precious metals they contain.

Inspector Nicola Dean, from the Crime Reduction Unit said: “Thieves have been targeting specific models and we have been offering free security marking to owners of pre 2008 Honda Jazz models, Toyota Prius (2004 to 2016 inclusive) and Toyota Arius (2012 to 2018 inclusive). Anyone who would like to arrange free catalytic converter marking can contact Crime Prevention Officer Darren Cowell or by calling 01707 354668. 

“We urge the public to report incidents of suspected catalytic converter theft, particularly where people are trying to get under cars in public car parks or on public roads. If you see this, please call 999 immediately.”

• Lock your car in a garage when parked at night.

• When using a garage is not possible, park close to fences, walls or a kerb with the exhaust being closest to the fence, wall or kerb to make theft difficult.

• Consider fitting CCTV on your home or driveway, to help deter thieves.

• Use PIR or LED security lighting to make your vehicle more visible and this can also act as a deterrent.

• If your catalytic converter is bolted on, consider having the bolts welded to make removal difficult.

• Fit protective coverings on catalytic converters, such as the Toyota manufactured CATLOC device, (these are made for Toyota Prius made between 2004 and 2009) as these can make it much more difficult for thieves.

• Have your catalytic converter etched or forensically marked, and put stickers in the windscreen to say this has been done.

• Look for car parks with a Secured Car Park sign which have recognised levels of security.

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