Sussex police have issued an urgent warning to car and van owners, particularly of Peugeot vehicles, to be vigilant after three recent thefts of catalytic converters from unattended Peugeot’s in Bexhill.
Two vehicles were targeted on Glenleigh Park Road, Bexhill, on Sunday, June 8. A red Peugeot 406 had the catalytic converter cut from the exhaust sometime between 12.00am and 7.55pm.
The second incident on Glenleigh Park Road, on the same day (June 8) involved a silver Peugeot 406 estate which also had its catalytic converter removed.
The third reported incident happened sometime between 3pm on Sunday, June 8 and 11.30am on Monday, June 9, when a further catalytic converter was stolen from a blue Peugeot Expert parked in Filsham Drive, Bexhill.
Anyone with information relating to the above thefts are asked to contact police by on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A police spokesman said: “Sadly all vehicles with a catalytic converter are at risk of theft, especially vehicles with high ground clearance – but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of your catalytic converter being stolen.
“Park your vehicle in a locked garage when it’s unattended; if it’s not possible to park in a garage, park as close to your home as possible and consider installing security lighting outside your home .
“Consider marking the metal shell of the converter with a unique mark, so if removed by thieves, it will be easier to trace back to your vehicle.
“Mark your catalytic converter with a professional marking and registration system and fix a catalytic converter alarm system.”
Anyone who sees suspicious activity around parked cars is asked to call 999 as it is happening.