Rewards offered after catalytic converter theft in Harpenden
By JulieGK | Wednesday, March 06, 2013, 20:14
Up to £1,000 is being offered for information on catalytic convertor thefts following an incident in Harpenden.
A catalytic converter was stolen from a Volkswagen Sharan between 8.30pm on February 12 and 10am on February 15 from Dellcroft Way in Harpenden.
PCSO Paul Fletcher said: "Look out for people hanging around vehicles at unusual times and make sure you make use of your drive or a garage if you have one."
Here are some steps you can take to reduce the opportunity for a criminal to steal your catalytic converter:
Don't park your car/van half on the pavement as it makes it easier for the thieves to get underneath it
Park in a well-lit area and in a secure compound if possible
Consider property marking your catalytic converter. It is cheap and may reduce your insurance.
A sign in your window saying your catalytic converter has been marked may well deter thieves
You can also buy clamps to secure your catalytic converter to your vehicle and get marking kits which are an effective deterrent against catalytic converter theft.
The Lost 'CATS' campaign is running for three months and aims to encourage the public to get involved in combating this type of crime by providing valuable information.
During the campaign Crimestoppers are offering cash rewards of up to £1000 for information on the theft of catalytic converters.
If you have any information about catalytic convertor theft, please contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.