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Car and catalytic converter theft is on the rise in Croydon. Thieves will look for any opportunity to steal your vehicle or items from it. Follow the below steps from the Met Police to prevent car theft.

  1. Lock your vehicle.
  2. Thieves may burgle houses to find car keys; keep yours in a safe but not obvious place such as the hallway or kitchen.
  3. Close the windows and sunroof.
  4. Secure your number plates with tamper-resistant screws.
  5. Fit locking, anti-tamper wheel nuts to secure alloy wheels.
  6. If your vehicle is fitted with a steering lock, set it, or consider using an individual bar type steering lock.
  7. Secure anything on the outside of your vehicle, such as items on the roof rack or cycle racks.
  8. Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle and hide any electrical items inside if you can’t take them in.

Catalytic converter theft

Catalytic converters are devices fitted to vehicle exhausts to reduce the number of dangerous gases emitted. They contain valuable metals and are quick to remove, making them targets for thieves. Signs a theft is taking place:

  • If you see a vehicle raised using a car jack in a car park or residential area.
  • If you hear loud drilling or cutting sounds coming from underneath the vehicle.

Prevent it:

  • Ask your car dealer for advice on locks or guards to keep your catalytic converter safe.
  • If possible, park in a garage or secure place. Make sure the area you park is well lit.
  • Register your converter to make it harder for thieves to dispose of it.
  • Visit Secured by Design or Sold Secure Gold for more details.

To find out more about what to do if you see a crime happening or if you’ve had your converter stolen, visit the Met Police website.

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