Catalytic converter thieves threaten car owner in Etchingham
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Police are searching for thieves who threatened owners of a car in Etchingham.
The owners had disturbed them in the act of stealing its catalytic converter.
At about 10.30am on Saturday 3 April owners of a Honda CR-V parked in Vicarage Way, Etchingham, challenged a group of men who were in the process of stealing the catalytic converter from it.
The suspects made threats to harm the owners, and made off with the catalytic converter.
Detective Constable Shaun Ryan said; "We are appealing for any witness who either saw or heard anything, and are asking anyone else in the Etchingham area who has CCTV, or video doorbells, to check their footage between 9.30pm and 10.30pm that night for sightings of the suspects or suspicious activity.
The precious metal in catalytic converters has led to an increase in their theft. Police advise car owners that there are ways to help prevent this type of theft;
To keep yours safe, ask your car dealer if they can give you any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer and tested to Sold Secure Gold.
Alternatively, try to make sure your vehicle is parked in a garage overnight, or if you have a commercial vehicle park it in a secure compound. If this isn’t possible, park in an area that’s well-lit and overlooked and try to park so that the converter can’t be easily reached by potential thieves. Vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.
You should also register your converter and mark it with a forensic marker, which will make it harder for thieves to dispose of.
For more vehicle crime prevention advice see the Sussex Police website.