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Catalytic Converter Thefts

Alert message sent 13/04/2022 13:58:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Overnight  between Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 April  thieves targeted a number of cars in Hatch Ride, Ellis Road and Wiltshire Avenue in the North Crowthorne area, cutting off and stealing the Catalytic converters whilst the cars were parked outside the owners homes.

During the month similar thefts have occurred elsewhere across the Bracknell and Wokingham boroughs, with one car been targeted during daytime whilst it was left in a town centre multi storey car park.

Catalytic Converters are targeted as precious metals are used to make the actual filters contained within them, so have a good second hand value or otherwise command a good scrap value.

The thieves operate by jacking the rear of a car up so they can slide underneath and then use cordless power tools to cut through the exhaust pipe, completing the theft in a matter of minutes.

Catalytic Converters come in varying designs and sizes with different car manufacturers using different makes, and currently Honda and Lexus cars seem to be the favourite targets.
To reduce the risk of your car been targeted you can,
  • arrange for your car's dealership to supply and fit security brackets.
  • ensure the car alarm always sets as you leave it unattended
  • fit a dashcam with motion activation that will record anyone walking up close to your car.
  • reverse into parking bays, or up against a wall or fence
  • avoid parking in unlit areas.
If you have any information about these thefts or have CCTV or Dashcam footage you are asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 101.  Should you not want to speak to a police officer or want to remain anonymous to contact the independent charity “Crimestoppers” on 0800 555 111.

For more advice on how to keep your vehicle safe, visit the Thames Valley Police website.

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Jon Morris (Police, Administrator, Bracknell)

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