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Thieves target cars in Watford for Catalytic convertors

Thieves have targeted vehicles in North Watford during the night Monday 24th.

Several ring doorbell images have been posted by one of the victims.

Ring Doorbell catches the criminals in the act of theft.

Mandy headed the post “Watch out people. Just had my catalytic converter nicked from my car off Sheepcot Lane”

There were comments from others saying they also had their catalytic convertors robbed from their cars.

The crime was reported to the police who came out. One of the neighbours is believed to be helping as a witness.

Catalytic converters, which are fitted to vehicle exhaust systems, are targeted by thieves because of the precious metals they contain.

Police Warn Drivers and businesses targeted by catalytic converter thieves

What can owners do

Drivers can minimise the chance of becoming a victim by following this advice:

• Lock cars in a garage when parked at night.

• When using a garage is not possible, park close to fences, walls or a kerb with the exhaust being closest to the fence, wall or kerb to make theft difficult.

• Consider fitting CCTV on your home or driveway, to help deter thieves.

• Use PIR or LED security lighting to make your vehicle more visible and this can also act as a deterrent.

• If the catalytic converter is bolted on, consider having the bolts welded to make removal difficult.

• Fit protective coverings on catalytic converters, such as the Toyota manufactured CATLOC device, (these are made for Toyota Prius made between 2004 and 2009) as these can make it much more difficult for thieves.

• Have catalytic converters etched or forensically marked, and put stickers in the windscreen to say this has been done.

• Look for car parks with a Secured Car Park sign which have recognised levels of security. If you have a garage at home, ensure you use it and lock it properly.

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