A leading Suffolk police detective has called on members of the public to become the ‘eyes and ears’ of local communities in an attempt to help combat a rise in catalytic converter thefts.
Acting detective chief inspector, Caroline Millar, has sent out the plea after more than 50 thefts of catalytic converters have been reported to police in the past four weeks, with many coming in rural locations.
“The theft of catalytic converters is becoming an increasing problem both locally and nationally,” said acting Det Ch Insp Millar.
“With the price of scrap metal on the increase catalytic converters are a valuable commodity which criminals are targeting and selling on.”
“I would urge people to become the eyes and the ears in local communities to come forward if they notice any suspicious activity or if they have any information where the stolen catalytic converters are being sold on.”
Following the sharp rise of catalytic converter thefts rural patrols have already been stepped up.
In addition members of various Safer Neighbourhood Teams are helping to spread the word to owners of 4x4s and vans which are often seen as easier targets due them sitting higher off the ground.
Anyone with any information about catalytic converter thefts should contact Suffolk Police on 101.