Look after your CAT

Look after your CAT, urge police in Melton and Rutland

Between Sunday January 5 and Wednesday January 15, seven catalytic convertors have been stolen from vehicles in Melton and Rutland.

Vehicles that have high ground clearance have been targeted including 4x4s, people carriers, and vans, in particular Mercedes Sprinter vans.

Inspector Lou Cordiner, Local Police Commander for Rutland said: “We have seen an increase in the theft of catalytic convertors not only locally but also nationally.

“Our advice to owners of any high ground clearance vehicle, in particular 4x4s, people carriers, and Mercedes Sprinter vans, is, whenever possible to park them in a garage or well-lit area, and do not park on the kerb.

“Incidents of this nature tend to happen overnight.

“We would urge anybody who witnesses any suspicious activity or sees anyone appearing to carry out vehicle repairs late at night to contact the police.”

Crime prevention measures that can be fixed to the underneath of such vehicles are worth considering.

Anyone with information about vehicle crime or metal theft is urged to call Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, which is free* and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

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