Rise in catalytic converter thefts

Mercedes vans have been the main target of thieves stealing catalytic converters, say Ripon police.
Mercedes vans have been the main target of thieves stealing catalytic converters, say Ripon police.
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Police in Ripon and Pateley Bridge are offering free protective marking after a recent increase in catalytic converter thefts in the area.

Officers are urging people to take advantage of the offer, particularly owners of Mercedes vans which have been the main target of thieves during the past few months.

Vans and 4x4 vehicles are targeted as the converters are more accessible. Thieves cut them from the exhaust pipe and then sell them on for scrap.

To combat the thefts of the converters, Ripon Police have been working with Harrogate Community Safety Partnership to help prevent these offences and have a number of protective marking kits available.

The kits stamp the converters with a unique mark which cannot be removed. This allows stolen converters to be identified, making
them less attractive to thieves.

If you own a van and would like the catalytic converter marked, contact Ripon Police Station.

You can do this in person or by sending an email to SaferRipon@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk and officers will arrange for your vehicle to be marked.