Reminder to remain vigilant after series of catalytic converter thefts
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We're reminding the public to please be vigilant following a number of catalytic converter thefts in the county.
In recent weeks there has been a number of reports of catalytic converter thefts taking place with a majority of these being in Cheltenham and Gloucester.
Reported incidents have included catalytic converters being stolen from vehicles parked in public car parks and it is believed that offenders will pull up alongside a vehicle before cutting off the catalytic converter with a saw or angle grinder.
There are a number of signs that you can look out for such as your vehicle making a loud rumbling sound as soon as the engine is turned on and this will normally get louder as you put your foot on the accelerator.
Residents are asked to report any catalytic converter thefts or suspicious activity around vehicles by calling 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.
Information can also be submitted via our online form: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/soh/something-youve-seen-or-heard/
A number of crime prevention methods can be found below:
- Keeping your vehicle in a garage when possible
- Parking in such a way as to make access to the underside of your vehicle difficult
- Parking in busy or well-lit areas
- Using a Park Mark safer parking approved car park. You can find one near you by visiting: www.parkmark.co.uk/car-park-finder
- Looking out for people working under cars in unusual locations such as car parks or individuals who are acting suspiciously
- Fitting a Thatcham approved alarm system- the type that activates when the vehicle is lifted or tilted
- Using a catalytic converter protection device or marking system
More tips on keeping your vehicle safe can be found here: Keeping vehicles safe | Crime prevention | Gloucestershire Constabulary