Nottinghamshire Police has released this CCTV footage of three men they would like to speak to following a spate of catalytic converter thefts from city car parks.
In the last three months there has been a spate of incidents across Nottinghamshire, mostly in car parks and open spaces.
The increase in this type of offence is being seen nationally and they’re currently investigating reports of thefts on Monday (25 November 2019) at Toton Lane, Phoenix Park and The Forest.
You can view the footage here.
Catalytic converters, which convert vehicle exhaust emissions into less toxic gasses, are targeted because they contain high value metals.Honda and Toyota vehicles are some of the most common vehicle types to be targeted.
Chief Inspector Naomi Bolton, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "Our enquiries into these latest thefts are ongoing including checking for any CCTV and forensic opportunities.
"We're also linking in with Nottingham Express Transit (NET) which owns these Park and Ride sites to look at crime prevention measures and signage to warn drivers.
"We are also liaising with other agencies such as Trading Standards to research possible disposal routes such as precious metals dealers and vehicle breakers.
"We're working hard to find those responsible for these thefts but we're asking motorists to be vigilant to this type of crime and to report any suspicious activity to us immediately.
"If you see anyone jacking a car up in a public car park, see anything that doesn't sit right or anyone acting strangely please call us on 101. If a crime is currently taking place, call 999.
"Where possible please take a note of the registration number, make and type of vehicle the offenders are using and a description of the offenders if you can."
Chief Insp Bolton added: "Our advice when leaving vehicles in locations such as car parks and open spaces is to try to park in areas with higher footfall which offers natural security as opposed the more secluded areas.
"People should also consider protective marking, and check with their vehicle's manufacturer to see if there are any protective guards they can purchase."
NET has already backed local campaigns to raise awareness of what’s become a nationwide issue and it is taking active measures to reduce the risk of crime.
Mike Mabey, Head of Operations at NET, explained: “We take safety and security extremely seriously and we’re working closely with the police to both deter theft and to catch those responsible.
“We have extensive CCTV coverage in our car parks and we’re sharing footage with officers, including images from the most recent incidents, to help them in their investigations.
“We’re also stepping up our own foot patrols and continue with a number of joint operations with the police. In the meantime we would urge anyone who sees anything suspicious to alert a member of staff or contact the police directly.”
If anyone has any information about the catalytic converter thefts as mentioned please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 422 of 25 November 2019.
For more advice on how to protect your vehicle from catalytic converter theft visit: https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention/catalyticconverter