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Bexley residents warned about catalytic converter theft rise

PUBLISHED: 13:05 26 September 2013 | UPDATED: 13:05 26 September 2013

Bexley residents have been warned about a sharp rise in thefts of catalytic converters from cars in recent months.

Thiefs have targeted vans because it is easier to access the converters - located in the exhaust under vehicles.

They are being targeted because of the high value of the precious metals they contain and while the theft of the converter can net the offender around £60 per vehicle, the costs to the owner to replace the item can run to several hundred pounds.

This is particularly if substantial damage has been caused to the vehicle by the removal of the converter as well as the inconvenience of the vehicle being off the road.

Inspector Paul Sanders from Bexley police said: “To reduce the risk of theft of your car’s catalytic converter, please garage your car whenever possible or park in well-lit busy areas

“These thieves are known to strike in broad daylight, in busy areas. They look for easy targets such as 4x4 vehicles and members of the public are asked to contact us if they see anyone acting suspiciously around a vehicle.”

Anyone with any information on these thefts, or any thefts from motor vehicles, should contact Bexley police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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