Spate of catalytic converters thefts in Salisbury area

Alert message sent 27/07/2020 15:16:00

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We are investigating a spate of catalytic converter thefts and attempted thefts in the Salisbury area.

In the past week, there were a total of four incidents reported - two thefts and two attempted thefts:

 - Sometime between Wednesday 22 July and Saturday 25 July - Catalytic converter stolen from a Honda Jazz in Norfolk Road. Witnesses reported seeing a male under the car at sometime during this period who then drove off in a blue/grey Audi. 

 - Friday 24 in to Saturday 25 July - Suspect(s) attempted to remove a catalytic converter from a Honda Jazz in Maplecroft but failed to take it as they were disturbed before doing so. 

 - Saturday 25 July – Catalytic converter stolen from a Honda Jazz in Harnwood Road. 

 - Saturday 25 July - Suspect with a torch seen under a Honda Jazz on Orchard Road, Redlynch and a cutting noise was heard but they were disturbed and ran off before the converter was removed. 

PC James Barrett said: “We are investigating these crimes and are dealing with those owners affected.
"We have noticed that the Honda Jazz model appears to have been targeted in the last few days and we would urge anyone with this type of car to try and be extra vigilant. 
"However we would also remind the public to been mindful when it comes to the safety of their vehicle - whatever the model. 
“To help reduce the risk of your catalytic converter being stolen from your vehicle, try to:
  • Park your car in a locked garage where possible, but if this isn’t an option, then park it in a well-lit and well-populated area
  • Park close to fences, walls or a kerb with the exhaust being closest to the fence, wall or kerb to make the theft more difficult
  • Avoid parking your vehicle half on the pavement and half on the road, as this may make it easier for thieves to access the catalytic converter
  • If parking in a public car park, consider parking alongside other cars and facing your bonnet towards the wall if possible. With the catalytic converter positioned at the front of your vehicle, this will make it harder for thieves to get close enough to steal it
  • If there is a fleet of vehicles, park the low clearance vehicles to block the high clearance vehicles. This will obstruct access underneath
  • If your catalytic converter is bolted on, you can ask for your local garage to weld the bolts to make it more difficult to remove.
  • Alternatively, you can also etch a serial number on the converter
  • You can even purchase a ‘cage clamp’ which is a cage device that locks in around the converter to make it more difficult to remove
  • If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to the police. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations.
“If you have any information relating to incidents around the city, please call 101.”
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Mark Jones (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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