North Yorkshire Police had a spate of catalytic converter thefts reported overnight in the Stokesley area so officers are reiterating advice to help the public keep their vehicles safe.

Thieves often target catalytic converters for the scrap value of the precious metals inside and there are certain vehicle types more at risk like hybrids, 4x4’s and vehicles with a higher chassis.

The police put together a checklist for the public to consider:

  • If you can, park your car in a locked garage or a well-lit and populated area.
  • Parking close to fences, walls, a kerb or alongside other vehicles can make access to your car more difficult.
  • It’s always best to avoid parking half on the pavement and half on the road as the elevated position makes it easier for thieves to access the catalytic converter under the car.
  • Ask your garage about security measures such as a cage device to lock around the converter or a tilt sensor to activate an alarm if the vehicle is jacked up.
  • You can also have the serial number etched onto the converter itself which can deter thieves.

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If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle or anything else suspicious, please report it to us either on 101 or via our website. If a crime is in progress, always dial 999.

It’s worth noting that according to figures published last week, here in North Yorkshire we had the lowest number of catalytic converter thefts nationally but it does still happen and taking the steps outlined above will help keep your vehicles safe.