Thieves target cats in Stowmarket

Security marking a catalytic converter with the vehicle's registration number

Security marking a catalytic converter with the vehicle's registration number

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The catalytic converters from four vehicles were stolen in 24 hours in Stowmarket.

The first theft was in Creeting Road West between 3pm on Monday and 2pm on Tuesday. A Ford Galaxy parked in the road has had the catalytic converter (cat) removed.

The second incident was on an industrial estate between 5.30pm on Monday and 8am on Tuesday when an offender broke into a secured unit and stolen the catalytic converters from three vehicles.

Anyone with information should contact PC Denise Peachey from Stowmarket on 101 quoting ST/13/3246 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Cats contain precious metals as catalysts to clean exhaust gases.

Police say drivers can take simple steps to keep their vehicles secure;

- Ideally, private vehicles should be kept in a well-secured garage where possible.

- Vehicles can be parked in a way to make access to the catalytic converter difficult, or parallel with another vehicle if you own one. The converter itself can be secured with a clamp and anti-tamper alarms are available.

- Commercial vehicles should also be kept in a locked building or compound, supported by alarms, lighting and CCTV.

- Catalytic converters can be marked with etching or UV pens, and with SmartWater, which is an invisible liquid with a unique formula that forensically proves where the marked item comes from.

Regular marking sessions are held across the county please contact your local Crime Reduction Officer or Safer Neighbourhood Team for details of these and current security methods.