Eastbourne police have issued a warning about catalytic converter thefts.

They say the precious metal in catalytic converters has led to an increase in their theft.

And this is the advice:

To reduce the risk of theft of your car’s catalytic converter:

-Park your car in a garage or somewhere that makes it difficult for anyone to access its underside

  • Install CCTV that captures where you park
  • Don’t park your car in one place for long periods of time
  • Secure your catalytic converter with extra bolts to make it more difficult to remove
  • Try defensive parking against a wall or by another lower vehicle to make it more difficult to get under
  • Have a mechanic weld the catalytic converter to the exhaust system
  • Park your car in lit up areas or on busy areas
  • To keep yours safe, you could also ask your car dealer if they can give you any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Alternatively, try to make sure your vehicle is parked in a garage overnight, or if you have a commercial vehicle park it in a secure compound.
  • If this isn’t possible, park in an area that’s well-lit and overlooked and try to park so that the convertor can’t be easily reached by potential thieves. Vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.
  • You should also register your converter and mark it with a forensic marker, which will make it harder for thieves to dispose of.
  • Visit Secured by Design (http://orlo.uk/hBgu4) for more details.