Catalytic converters targeted in South Cambridgeshire

Catalytic converter marking
Catalytic converter marking

Thieves stole nine catalytic converters from vans in Bar Hill in one night.

The thieves targeted eight delivery vans, including Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Ranger and Iveco vehicles, in Viking Way, between 11pm on Wednesday (January 15) and 7.15am on Friday (January 17).

A catalytic converter was also stolen from a Mercedes Sprinter van in Gladeside, Bar Hill, between 4.35pm on Wednesday (January 15) and 7.30am on Friday (January 17).

Police are urging owners of vehicles with catalytic converters to mark their property to deter thieves.

PCSO Carly Freed said: “We would urge anyone with any information about these thefts, or if they see anyone acting suspiciously around car parks where vans are parked, to call police.

“A catalytic converter can be stolen in a matter of seconds and is worth a few hundred pounds in scrap value but the cost to your business can run into the thousands including repairs and business disruption.

“Vehicles with a high ground clearance such as delivery vans are particularly vulnerable.”

- If you see anyone acting suspiciously around vehicles, report it to the police

- For business fleets, consider good quality, strong perimeter fencing and try defensive parking (if you have a fleet of vehicles, block those with high ground clearance using vehicles with low clearance to obstruct access underneath the vehicle).

Install and monitor CCTV and/or compound alarm systems

- Mark your catalytic converter with a marking and registration system.

Contact your local police team by phoning 101 to find out when the next catalytic convertor marking day is taking place in your area

- Fix a catalytic converter security device or contact your local garage who may offer bespoke security fittings, such as clamps and cages for catalytic convertors.

- Call 101 for site specific crime prevention advice

Anyone with any information about the thefts should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (January 23) Echo.