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Theft of catalytic converters


Dear Residents

There is some advice regarding another type of vehicle crime that is on the rise – the theft of catalytic converters.  We have had a number of these type of thefts in the district so please see the advice below.

- If possible, park in a locked garage or in a well-lit, densely populated area

- If you don't have access to a garage, park close to fences, walls or kerbs with the exhaust being closest to the barrier; this will make the theft more difficult

- Avoid mounting your car on the kerb to park as it gives thieves easy access

- If your catalytic converter's bolted on ask your local garage to weld the bolts to make it more difficult to remove

- Consider a 'cage clamp' which locks around the converter

- Speak to your car dealership about a tilt sensor that activates the alarm if someone tries to jack up your vehicle

- If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to the police


Best wishes

Caroline Wilson 21888

Police Community Support Officer

Arun and Chichester Neighbourhood Policing Team