Thieves target catalytic converters
A growing number of catalytic converter thefts across Hertfordshire has led police to launch a new campaign to help drivers protect their vehicles.
Operation Feline aims to help drivers protect their catalytic converters and provide practical crime prevention advice to help deter thieves.
As part of the campaign, certain garages across the county will be offering free security marking services.
Catalytic converter thefts have increased this year due to the precious metals they contain and the high metal prices, with thieves even trying to steal them on the roadside and in car parks during broad daylight, according to Hertfordshire Constabulary.
Inspector Nicki Dean, from the Crime Reduction Unit, said: “Over the past year we have seen a big rise in thieves targeting catalytic converters. They are particularly targeting specific hybrid models such as the pre-2008 Honda Jazz, Toyota Prius (2004-2016) and Toyota Arius (2012-2018).
“We have teamed up with garages around the county to offer free catalytic converter security marking.
“We would also urge the public to follow our advice, remain vigilant and report incidents of suspected catalytic converter theft, particularly where people are trying to get under cars in public car parks or on public roads. If you see this happening, please call 999 immediately.”
Details of the security marking scheme can be found at www.herts.police.uk/operationfeline
More advice on how to make your vehicle safe is available at: www.herts.police.uk/crimeprevention
Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form.