27 September 2019

Nottingham’s tram network is backing police calls for motorists to be vigilant following a spate of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in the city.

The devices, which convert vehicle exhaust emissions into less toxic gasses, are targeted because they contain high value metals.

In the last three months there’s been a spate of incidents across Nottinghamshire, mostly in car parks and open spaces. According to police figures, there were 16 incidents in June, 24 in July and 23 in August. The increase in this type of offence is being seen nationally.

Honda and Toyota vehicles are some of the most common vehicle types to be targeted and Superintendent Ian Roberts, of Nottinghamshire Police, said thieves usually arrive in a vehicle, jack the target vehicles up and use an angle grinder to remove the catalytic converters in a very short space of time.

He said: "Following this recent spate we’re urging motorists to be vigilant to this type of crime. Our advice is to try to park in areas with higher footfall, which offers natural security, as opposed to 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 whilst we are linking in with the owners and operators of car parks to look at crime prevention measures and signage to warn drivers.

"We’re also liaising with other agencies such as Trading Standards to research possible disposal routes such as precious metals dealers and vehicle breakers.

Mike Mabey, Head of Operations at NET, commented: “Our facilities are not immune from what is a national problem, and that’s why we’re passing on this request for motorists to remain vigilant while increasing surveillance and foot patrols at our park and ride facilities.

“All our facilities are also covered by CCTV, and we share this footage with the police whenever criminal activity is reported.”

If anyone sees anything suspicious, they are being urged to report it immediately on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.