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Three arrested in connection with theft of catalytic converters

Alert message sent 04/05/2021 19:33:00

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Three men have been arrested in connection with the alleged theft of catalytic converters in Kilburn.

Officers stopped a van on Horsley Road around 5.50pm on Friday 30 April following reports of suspicious activity.

The men, aged 67, 30 and 28 and from Newark-on-Trent, were arrested on suspicion of theft and have since been released under investigation while inquiries continue.

Over recent weeks we have been working to raise awareness of catalytic converter thefts and the steps motorists can take to protect their vehicles, which include:

• If possible, park in a garage or in a position where it would be difficult to access the underside of the vehicle near the exhaust.
• Consider marking the catalytic converter with a serial number to identify it, and register it on sites such as Immobilise.
• Consider installing protective coverings over the converter, but seek advice from a professional as different makes offer different types which are safe. This may not prevent it from being stolen, but would make it more difficult and slow down the process.
• Install alarms and CCTV.
• Good quality lighting near to your vehicle will improve natural surveillance and can act as a deterrent.

The cars that are most often targeted are hybrid vehicles, as the catalytic converter is used less frequently. The metals they use are less likely to corrode, meaning they are worth more.

We are continuing to work to target this type of crime and would urge people to report anyone the see who appear to be acting suspicious or working on a car in a public car park.

If the crime is in progress, people should always call 999, and in a non-emergency you should use the details mentioned below.

• Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
• Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
• Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
• Phone – call us on 101.

If you have any information about crime, you can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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