Appeal after catalytic converters stolen from vehicles parked in hospital car park
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Information is sought following reports that catalytic converters were stolen from up to four vehicles parked in a hospital car park.
The vehicles, which belonged to staff at Darent Valley Hospital, are understood to have been targeted while they were parked in Darenth Wood Road between 8am and 5.30pm on Monday 11 January 2021.
At present no suspects have been identified however officers from the Dartford Community Safety Unit are conducting enquiries to establish the full circumstances.
Inspector Sarah Rivett, from the Dartford Community Safety Unit, said: ‘Vehicle crime has a big impact on victims, who are left with costly repairs on top of having difficulty getting to work and supporting their families.
‘It is particularly unpleasant that the offenders of this case think nothing of stealing from key workers who are providing exceptional care during a time of unprecedented difficulty and demand.
‘We are reviewing the circumstances and will explore every reasonable line of enquiry. As part of this work, we would like to hear from anyone who has information, no matter how small, that can assist us.
‘Anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area, or who was driving nearby and believes their dash cameras have caught something suspicious, is asked to call us on 01474 366149 quoting 46/6159/21.
‘You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or complete the online form available via this link.’
There are steps that motorists can take that can reduce the chances of being targeted. This includes:
Contacting your car manufacturer as some sell clamps and security cages that make catalytic converters more difficult to steal;
Parking your vehicle in a garage, or a busy and well-lit area, whenever possible;
Consider installing good quality CCTV cameras;
Security-marking and registering the metal shell of the converter so we can return it to you if it is stolen and recovered.