30th April 2010
Catalytic converter thefts could increase car insurance claims
Metal prices have risen over the last year and police have warned car insurance policyholders that a spate of catalytic converter thefts could result.
Last year a number of the exhaust parts went missing in Lincolnshire and two recent incidents have sparked fears among the police that history could repeat itself.
On the night of April 27th, parts from a Ford Transit minibus and a Mitsubishi pickup in Lutton Gowts and Gedney respectively were taken.
Drivers are encouraged to lock their cars in a garage where possible and to think about making the underside of their vehicles inaccessible.
People, as usual, are urged to report any suspicious behaviour to local officers or to contact the independent charity Crimestoppers.
Using security lighting on a driveway or fitting an immobiliser have often been suggested as possible ways to deter thieves in residential areas.
Get Surrey has also reported a number of similar crimes taking place in Guildford.
Posted by Samuel Tudor
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