Police in Needham Market are appealing for information after five catalytic converters were stolen from pickup vehicles.
The incidents happened between 2.30pm on Thursday 27 and 11.30am on Friday 28 December. Details are as follows:
• Paget Close, catalytic converter stolen from a black Ford pickup parked on a driveway.
• Quinton Road, catalytic converter stolen from a grey Mitsubishi pickup parked on driveway.
• Hurstlea Road, catalytic converter stolen from a silver Ford pickup parked in a public car park.
• Foxglove Avenue, catalytic converter stolen from a black Ford pickup parked on a driveway.
• Anderson Close, catalytic converter stolen from a silver Ford pickup parked on the road.
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 such a way as 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.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents should call 101, quoting the reference number ST/12/3894 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.