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Catalytic converter thefts in the Fareham district

Alert message sent 12/05/2021 10:16:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Morning all,

In the last couple of days we’ve had a handful of reports of catalytic converter thefts in our area, so want to offer some advice around protecting your vehicles.

A few cars in Portchester were targeted along Falcon Close, Birdwood Grove and Hertsfield, as well as vehicles in the Southampton Road area of Titchfield Common/Park Gate.

If you witnessed any of these incidents, or you have doorbell camera/CCTV camera footage in the area then please let us know by giving us a call on 101.

Catalytic converters can be stolen within a few minutes by using just a few basic tools, but there are ways you can protect your vehicle if, like many people, you don’t have access to a garage.
  • Find out where your cat converter is located on your car; if it’s at the front of your car, park with the bonnet towards a wall if possible
  • If it’s at the back, park it with your exhaust to the wall
  • If parking in a public car park, consider parking alongside other cars and incorporating a wall
  • Avoid parking your vehicle half on the pavement and half on the road, as this may make it easier for thieves to get under your car
  • 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
  • Etch a serial number on the converter so that if it is stolen and then recovered, we can get your converter back to you
  • You can purchase a ‘cage clamp’ which is a cage device that locks in around the converter to make it more difficult to remove
  • Speak to your dealership or garage about the possibility of adding a tilt sensor that will activate the alarm should any thief try to jack the vehicle up to steal the converter
If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations.

In the event your cat converter is stolen, please report online via our website https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ and include any markings so that we can identify your converter if it’s recovered.

If you’re a scrap metal dealer and someone has tried to sell you a Catalytic Converter, please let us know.

If you’re worried about reporting something to the police, you can report 100% anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111. More about how to keep your business safe from criminal sellers here >>> https://crimestoppers-uk.org/keeping-safe/home-property-safety/catalytic-converter-theft

Our local officers are monitoring reports and continue to encourage people to report any suspicious activity. 

Protect, mark and park your car securely to reduce the risk.
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Jack Backwell (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire Corporate Communications)

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