Vehicles seized as part of Metal Theft Week of Action
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Officers in Hertsmere have seized several vehicles, reported drivers and shared crime prevention advice as part of the Metal Theft Week of Action.
Throughout the week, running from Thursday 10 February to Wednesday 16 February, officers from the Hertsmere Safer Neighbourhood Team carried out stop checks on commercial vans travelling along the A41 in Bushey, Radlett and Aldenham.
A van with bald tyres, no MOT and no tax was seized, and the motorist was issued with a prohibition notice for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
A vehicle where the driver had no insurance was seized.
A motorist with only a provisional licence was stopped while driving a van. Checks revealed the vehicle was linked to the theft of cooking oil from the Three Rivers area. Officers found a large amount of cooking oil in the back of the van.
The driver was reported for not having a proper licence and failing to wear a seatbelt. The van was seized and the investigation into the theft is on-going*.
A driver was stopped for having two children that were unrestrained travelling in his van. He was reported for causing danger of injury by manner carried and given strong words of advice.
Officers from the Hertsmere Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) also joined colleagues from British Transport Police at Potters Bar Railway Station to raise awareness of catalytic converter thefts and the actions motorists can take to protect themselves.
Sergeant Noel Buckley from the Hertsmere SNT said: “Motorists in Hertfordshire can get their catalytic converters security marked for free at participating garages as part of the constabulary’s Op Feline.
“Cat marking acts as a deterrent to thieves and is a quick and easy process that could prevent you the inconvenience and cost of becoming a victim of crime.”
During the week officers also joined forces with colleagues from the Environment Agency and Hertsmere Borough Council to check that appropriate processes and regulations were being followed at scrap yards in the borough.
Throughout the week, crime prevention advice was shared at key locations across the borough including supermarkets, railway stations, hotel car parks. Leisure centres and South Mimms Service Station.
Sgt Buckley added: “Although this was a targeted week of action, we are regularly working with our partners to tackle metal theft and ask that residents and motorists help us by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious behaviour to us so that we can take the appropriate action. Please use the following crime prevention advice:
Don’t park your vehicle half on the pavement as it makes it easier for the thieves to get underneath it.
If you have a diesel van or other high clearance vehicles having your catalytic converter marked, or secured can deter thieves who steal them for the precious metal components.
Park in a garage or other secure area if possible.
Consider property marking your catalytic converter. It is cheap and may reduce your insurance.
A sign in your window saying your catalytic converter has been marked may well deter thieves.
*The theft of used cooking oil is linked to money laundering and organised crime groups as it can be sold on the black market as unregulated biodiesel.
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