Protect your catalytic converter - Aylesbury Vale

  |  Published: Jul 10th 2013

 The theft of catalytic converters (located in a vehicle's exhaust system) continues to be a problem in Aylesbury Vale, particularly from vehicles with a high ground clearance – such as vans and 4x4 vehicles.

Offences are taking place in urban and rural locations including from drives and on the street. It can cost up to £1200 to replace a stolen converter – they are appealing to thieves because of the high value of the precious metals they contain.

 To help make catalytic converters more difficult to steal and less attractive to thieves, the Aylesbury Vale Community Safety Partnership recommends a number of precautions people can take to help protect their catalytic converter.

In particular, a new purpose made catalytic alarm (that is Thatcham approved) is recommended.  It goes off if any attempt is made to remove the converter. This is available from Secure Micro Solutions ( at a discount for people living or having a business in the Vale.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles make sure you report it immediately to the Police.  If something looks out of place, such as someone under a vehicle after dark, then your local officers want to know about it!  If we receive the information at the time it is happening officers stand a better chance of finding out what they are up to.  Report it on the 24 hour Police Enquiry Centre number 101, or if you suspect a crime is in progress dial on 999. If you have any information about this type of crime and don't want to speak to the Police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online via the Crimestoppers website.

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