Officers in North Herts are currently investigating a series of catalytic converter thefts from cars in Hitchin and Letchworth.
The latest locations to be affected are Wilbury (Letchworth), with four offences being reported last week, and Walsworth (Hitchin), with three offences also reported last week.
Neighbourhood Inspector James Lant said: “Unfortunately we are seeing an increase in reports of CAT thefts and they are often hard to protect. In response we are stepping up our patrols in the areas affected. There are also measures you can take, which will make your vehicle less vulnerable.”
Don’t park your car or van 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.
You can also buy clamps to secure your catalytic converter to your vehicle and get marking kits which are an effective deterrent against catalytic converter theft.
Models including pre 2008 Honda Jazz models, Toyota Prius (2004 to 2016 inclusive) and Toyota Arius (2012 to 2018 inclusive), are more likely to be targeted.