Security warning after catalytic converters discovered under bushes

Ash Ridge Road, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Police are asking van drivers to take extra security precautions after seizing a haul of suspected stolen catalytic converters hidden under bushes in a Bradley Stoke business park.

The ‘cats’ were discovered in Ash Ridge Road, off Woodlands Lane, in north Bradley Stoke.

A member of the public found the hidden items last Wednesday morning (5th June) and police are now making enquiries to identify where they came from.

Neighbourhood Inspector Bob Evely said:

“We’re really grateful to this caller who did exactly the right thing by leaving these items where they were and ringing us immediately. I’d ask anyone with information which could help us track down the rightful owners, or who has any other information which could help, to call us.”

Thieves are stealing ‘cats’ for the platinum they contain, because of the current high metal prices. They’re targeting vehicles with high ground clearance, especially vans like Mercedes Sprinters or four-wheel drive vehicles, and it only takes them a moment to remove the part.

Drivers can take steps to protect their vehicle, including etching their catalytic converter, fitting a ‘cat’ clamp and an alarm.

Inspector Evely added:

“All this security kit is available commercially – look out for products which meet the Secured by Design standard. These marking systems deter thieves because they make the part unique and identifiable – which can help us when it comes to proving a theft.”

Related link: Police in Bradley Stoke (The Journal)

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  1. Update from Avon and Somerset Police:

    “Officers investigating the discovery of catalytic converters hidden under bushes in Bradley Stoke on June 5 found they had been stolen from a garage in Bristol earlier the same day. We’ve made further enquiries and seized more suspected stolen ‘cats’, a disc cutter and an electrical testing device.”

    “Two men aged 22 and 24 were arrested on June 18 on suspicion of theft and they remain in police custody today, June 19.”

    Read more: Police arrest two following metal theft

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