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Catalytic Convertor Theft message from the Borough Commander 14 Dec 2020

Alert message sent 15/12/2020 11:49:00

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Dear Surrey Heath members.

A few days ago (11th December), the Surrey Heath Borough Commander, Detective Inspector Alick James, posted a short video on Facebook regards catalytic convertor thefts due to the increase in recent incidents in the Surrey Heath area.

The video can be viewed on the Surrey Heath Beat (Surrey Police) Facebook page, as well as reposts on Facebook groups such as Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Watch.

For those members who are not on or do not wish to use Facebook I have provided a short overview of some of the key points raised by DI James.

“Vehicle crime in Surrey Heath is down 33% compared to same time last year, however, we are seeing an increase in catalytic convertor thefts.

In the last 60 days in Surrey Heath vehicles particularly targeted are;

Honda Jazz & CRV,
Lexus RS,
Toyota Auris, Prius & Yaris

and these targeted vehicles reflect the national picture.

If you are the owner of one of these vehicle types then you may want to consider a ‘cat lock’ or ‘cat clamp’ (chat to your garage and/or vehicle manufacturer to see what may be available).

Importantly, also please keep eye out as thefts occur in broad day light, at the side of road and in car parks - thieves stealing these items are very brazen.

So if you see a vehicle jacked up in a car park or on the side road and no recovery vehicle nearby and you see someone sitting nearby in vehicle, engine running, then do call it in.

Also please keep an eye out for these items on say a van or flat bed - again if you see them then please also call this in.”

As always if you believe you have any information of interest to the police then use 999 if its a crime in progress else please call 101 or alternatively, you can use the online reporting system

You can also give information, 100% anonymously, to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; or through their anonymous online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

Kind Regards.

Rob Freeman
Community Engagement Volunteer (Surrey Heath)
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Rob Freeman (Surrey Police, Volunteer, Surrey Heath)

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