Thieves target catalytic converters in Newent
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Car owners in Newent are being warned to be vigilant following a number of catalytic converter thefts over the last week.
Four were stolen from vehicles in the town last weekend (Friday 27 to Sunday 29 November).
Vehicles have been targeted overnight on driveways and on public roads where offenders have cut away the catalytic converters. Police believe Honda and Mazda cars are the primary targets.
Officers will be conducting patrols in the area and anyone who sees suspicious activity taking place is encouraged to report this to police.
There are some protective measures drivers can take to help reduce the risk to their cars. These include:
- Park vehicles close to walls and garages where gaining access to the underneath of the vehicle is more difficult.
- Consider CCTV, security lights and alarms where possible.
- Purchasing catalytic converter covers or clamps which are widely available and offer protection.
More advice on how to help keep your vehicle safe from crime can be found on the Constabulary's website here: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-from-a-vehicle/vehicle-safe-and-sound/