Drivers will be able to get their catalytic convertors marked at a special police event on Saturday.
The event, organised by SaferMK and Thames Valley Police, will take place between 10am and 3pm at Brian Currie in Bleak Hall.
Detective Inspector Allcorn from Thames Valley Police, said: “With certain metals going up in value over the last few years, we have seen an increase in thieves targeting vehicles to steal the catalytic convertors and then selling them on for the precious metals they contain.
“Once the catalytic convertor has been removed, the vehicle will need to be taken to a garage to get a new catalytic convertor which can cost in the region of £500.
“The marking kits will provide a deterrent to thieves and help the police to track down the stolen convertors. The marking kits are supplied by Retainagroup, a Police approved company and the process only takes a matter of minutes to complete.
The process sees an ultra destruct label placed on a cooled catalytic converter and marking fluid applied. The engine is run to heat the catalytic converter thereby etching the unique number on it.
Mr Allcorn added: “The kits are also supplied with two warning labels to be displayed on the windows of the vehicle to act as a deterrent to thieves and help protect your property.
“Being able to identify the catalytic converter can also assist Police to trace stolen items and apprehend offenders.
“The unique number, vehicle and owner details are registered by the owner on the International Security Register (ISR) via the internet. The ISR is a secure database and the details are not passed onto any third parties. Information can be found at www.TheISR.org
“There is a nominal cost of £10 for the marking which includes the kit and the actual marking process. This can be paid by cash, card or account.”
Owners of people carriers, pick-up trucks, 4x4 vehicles and small vans are particularly encouraged to have their catalytic converters marked.
In addition to the launch, vehicles can be taken to Brian Currie on a drop-in basis at any time when the workshop is open.