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Catalytic Converter Marking Day

The Firs Garage, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, OX15 5DD. Tel. 01608 737349



          working in partnership with
Thames Valley Police



Firs Garage are hosting in partnership with Thames valley Police a FREE catalytic converter marking day on:

 SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER 2013 10am – 3pm

Please come along and have your catalytic converter marked for FREE 

Thieves steal catalytic converters ‘cats’ (located in the vehicle exhaust system) because of the high value of precious metals they contain.

Vehicles with a high ground clearance are more at risk as they are easier for the thief to slide underneath.

A catalytic converter could cost you up to £1200 to replace.

Have your catalytic converter ‘marked’ (cat engraved/etched and stickers on the vehicle warn the converter is security marked):

Catalytic converter with security marking

For more details about Catalytic Converter Marking Day at Firs Garage on Saturday 16th November, 2013 contact a member of the Firs service team, tel. 01608 737349.

In addition, please read below: -
Thames Valley Police press release dated Friday 01 November 2013 

Catalytic Converter marking event - Hook Norton

The Banbury Rural neighbourhood team have organised a catalytic converter marking event on Saturday 16 November to help prevent thefts and deter thieves.

The event will take place between 10am and 3pm at Firs Garage in Hook Norton,Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 5DD.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the garage to take advantage of this free marking service.

A catalytic converter is a device used to convert toxic exhaust emissions from an internal combustion engine into non-toxic substances.

Because of the external location and the use of valuable precious metals including platinum, palladium, and rhodium, converters are a target for thieves and can cost a considerable amount of money to replace.

The marking kits will provide a deterrent to thieves and help the police to track down the stolen convertors. The marking kits have been purchased by the garage from a police-approved company and the process only takes a matter of minutes to complete.

PC Kelly Roach, said: “I would like to encourage all residents in the local area to attend the free marking event. It is important to take preventative measures to help protect yourself from becoming a victim of this type of vehicle crime.

“The catalytic converter will be etched with a unique serial number to make it easily identifiable if stolen.

“The kits are also supplied with warning stickers to be displayed on the windows of the vehicle to act as a deterrent to thieves and help protect your property.

“The unique number, vehicle and owner details are registered by the owner on the International Security Register via the internet. The ISR is a secure database and the details are not passed onto any third parties. 

“Officers from the Banbury Rural neighbourhood team will also be offering useful crime prevention tips. It is also a great opportunity to meet your local neighbourhood team and discuss any matters of concern; all are welcome to attend and we look forward to meeting you at this event.”

If you see anyone acting suspiciously around a vehicle, please report this to the police via the 101 number.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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