Councillor Phil Bateman warned this morning that ” West Midlands Police are warning motorists in our City of increased crime. Including here in Wednesfield. Please read the Police warnings and take heed of their advice.”
Wolverhampton Police have issued a warning to drivers in the region to be on their guard against catalytic converter thefts, as we have seen an increase of such incidents in Wolverhampton.
In recent days, we have recorded an increase of thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles in various areas including Bilston, Wednesfield, and Blakenhall. Take steps to protect your vehicle, such as parking in well-lit places or in a place where access to the vehicle is restricted.”
Converters are targets for thieves because of the precious metals they contain but drivers could be doubly affected by such thefts because hitting the road without a converter in place could see the car in question break legal pollution limits.
If you notice that your check engine light comes on or if your exhaust sounds a lot louder than usual, getting louder as you accelerate, take your car to your local garage immediately.
How to prevent catalytic converter theft
Wherever possible, motorists should park vehicles in a locked garage as close to their house as they can, or somewhere that’s overlooked by local residents. You may also want to consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle that is activated if the car or van is lifted or tilted.
If you see someone acting suspiciously underneath a vehicle, report it to the police straightaway – and make sure you note down the vehicle registration.
Businesses can help to protect their fleets by employing defensive parking techniques so that the most vulnerable cars or vans are parked somewhere particularly inaccessible. High clearance vehicles could be blocked in by low clearance ones to prevent thieves from gaining access.
Always check your perimeter security on a regular basis, as boundaries can help deter opportunistic thieves from targeting you and your company. Set up monitored CCTV cameras so you can catch people in the act and light up dark areas where intruders may possibly attempt to operate.
You might well think that your vehicle will be safe during the day but it seems that this is not the case, with reports coming in that thieves are now stripping cars of their converters in broad daylight… so do be vigilant no matter what time of day or night it is.
Please report suspicious activity to https://west-midlands.police.uk/contact-us and live chat with an adviser between 08:00 and 00:00 hours or call 101 non emergency or in an emergency call 999.
Cllr Phil Bateman added ” It goes without saying if you know who may be involved with that sort of crime, please tell our local Wednesfield Police.”