Police initiative to deter metal thieves

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A catalytic converter marking initiative has been launched by Thames Valley Police in order to combat the growing number of thefts in the area.

With certain metals going up in value in recent years, there has been an increase in thieves targeting vehicles to steal the catalytic converters and then selling them on for the precious metals they contain.

Replacing the converters on targeted vehicles, which are often small vans, people carriers or estate cars, can cost in the region of £500.

The new marking kits are supplied by Retaingroup, a police approved company, and the process only takes a matter of minutes to complete.

An ultra destruct label is placed on a cooled catalytic converter, causing a unique number to appear when the engine is run. The kits are also supplied with two warning labels that can be displayed on the windows of the vehicle to act as a deterrent to thieves.

Being able to identify the catalytic converter can also assist the police in tracing stolen items and apprehending offenders. The unique number, vehicle and owner details are registered by the owner on the International Security Register (ISR) via the internet.

There is a nominal cost of £10 for the marking, which includes the kit and the actual marking process. The process is carried out with the assistance of van and truck dealer Brian Currie on Summerson Road, Bleakhall. For more information call 01908 681 027.