Police target gangs to cut CAT thefts.
Northamptonshire police have successfully reduced catalytic converter thefts.
December 15, 2014
They are often targeted by criminal gangs which tour the country to steal the devices which contain precious metals. In response, Northamptonshire Police spent several years collecting intelligence on the gangs, uncovering when they target certain areas.
Subsequent work to prevent thefts then led to a 53% drop in incidents from 2013 to 2014.
Chief Inspector Tom Thompson said: “We’ve had problems in the past with organised crime gangs coming into the county and spending two or three days stealing these items.
“We’ve reduced the number by more than 50 per cent in the last year, so we’re almost returning to the levels we saw in 2009, which is a great success.”
Wellingborough motorist, Will Vandenbrink, who had the catalytic converter stolen from his vehicle last year, has had his catalytic converter specially marked to prevent further thefts.
He said: “I thought they only targeted commercial vehicles, I never thought for a minute they would have a go at my car.”
Steps to prevent this crime include parking safely and using a protection device or marking system. Businesses are also invited to consider improving lighting, perimeter security and CCTV.