Members of the public attended the garage to take advantage of the Marking Event. Officers from the Banbury Rural neighbourhood team were also in attendance offering useful crime prevention tips.
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 up to £1200 to replace.
The marking kits provide a deterrent to thieves and help the police to track down the stolen converters. Firs Garage purchased the marking kits from a police-approved company – the process to security mark the catalytic converter takes only a few minutes to complete:
• The catalytic converter is etched with a unique serial number to make it easily identifiable if stolen.
• Warning stickers are 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 on the International Security Register (ISR) via the internet. The ISR is a secure database and the details are not passed onto any third parties. Information can be found at www.TheISR.org
PC Kelly Roach, said: “I was delighted by the attendance and success of the event. It is important to take preventative measures to help protect yourself from becoming a victim of this type of vehicle crime.”
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 crimestoppers-uk.org.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court. Join www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk to receive local crime and safety messages.