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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