Catalytic Converter Theft - Birkett Avenue Whitby

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Theft of Catalytic Convertor

A report has been received from a resident on Birkett Avenue that a catalytic convertor has been removed and taken from their Honda Accord.

The theft has occurred at some point during the month of June.

Please stay alert to any suspicious activity within your area and please report it.

During April 2021 Cheshire Constabulary, joined forces across the country in taking part in a national week of action to combat catalytic converter thefts.

The force’s tips for deterring catalytic converter thieves include:
  • Protect your car by asking your dealer if they can give you any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer and tested to Sold Secure Gold
  • If you can, park your car in a locked garage when it is unattended – otherwise, park as close to your property as possible or in a well-lit area clearly covered by CCTV
  • Try to park so that the convertor can't be easily reached, close to a wall, a fence or tightly between other cars for example
  • If you are using a car park, use a ‘Park Mark’ one to ensure that it has been assessed and approved for security
  • Consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your car – ones that activate if your vehicle is lifted or tilted are particularly effective
  • Mark your catalytic converter with a forensic marker and register your converter to make it harder for thieves to dispose of it
  • If your converter is bolted on, the bolts can be welded shut – this would not stop a determined thief but would slow them down.
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Wendy Dalton (Cheshire Police, Ellesmere Port LPU, Whitby PCSO)

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