Ashford motorists warned of catalytic converter thefts
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Ashford motorists are being reminded of the steps they can take to prevent thefts of catalytic converters following offences reported in the area.
On Monday 7 October 2019 victims reported catalytic converters stripped from three vehicles parked in Bagham Lane, Chilham;Church Lane, Molash; and Ruckinge Road in Hamstreet.
Inspector Jason Atkinson from the Community Safety Unit in Ashford said:
‘We are warning residents to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to us straight away whilst we look to identify those people responsible for these thefts.
‘As well as reviewing CCTV we are working closely with scrap metal dealers, to make it easier to trace sellers of stolen metal and also identify any dealers who operate illegally.
‘To reduce the risk of theft, we would advise that vehicles are kept in garages whenever possible, or park in busy, well-lit areas. Drivers can also security mark and register the metal shell of the converter so if stolen and recovered, it will be easier to trace. Mark or etch it with the vehicle registration number, or serial number, and consider fitting a catalytic converter clamp or security cage to protect it.’
Can you help?
Anyone who witnessed these thefts should call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference 07-0383 for Chilham, 07-0617 for Molash and 07-1069 for Hamstreet.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.