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Officers in Basingstoke are asking residents to be vigilant following a number of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles across the district in recent weeks.
Since 1 February, we have recorded seven catalytic converter thefts in Baughurst, Silchester, Tadley and Kingsclere.
Catalytic converter theft is closely linked to prices of Rhodium and Palladium which are contained within the converters. The prices of these metals have increased over recent years and this is what we believe has contributed to the number of thefts increasing.
Catalytic converters can be stolen within a few minutes by using just a few basic tools.
However, there are ways you can protect your vehicle if, like many people, you don’t have access to a garage:
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.