Warning after catalytic converter theft in Gillingham
Motorists are being advised to check their vehicles after a
number of catalytic converters were stolen across Kent.
Since January 1 there has been 10 reports of thefts – one of
them in Twydall Lane, Gillingham from a Mercedes Benz Sprinter
between 6pm on January 5 and 6am on January 7.
Catalytic converters are being targeted because of the high
value of the precious metals they contain.
They convert the products of combustion in the exhaust into less
Vans and four-wheel drives are most at risk from catalytic
The 10 reports have all involved a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van.
Kent Police Ch Supt Steve Corbishley (pictured) said: “We work
closely with scrap metal dealers to make it easier to trace sellers
of stolen metal and remove those dealers who operate
Motorists can take a number of steps to prevent themselves
becoming a victim:
- Keep your vehicle in a garage whenever possible, or park in
busy, well-lit areas.
- Look out for people working under cars who are acting
- Fit a catalytic converter clamp or security cage to protect
your catalytic converter.
- Security mark and register the metal shell of the converter so
if it stolen and recovered, it will be easier to trace it back to
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