Police in Cambridgeshire investigating a rise in catalytic converter thefts have held a week-long operation targeting thieves.
Catalytic converters are fitted to petrol and diesel engined cars and hybrids to reduce pollution. They contain valuable metals which criminals can sell for between £50 and £200 a time.
Thieves have been stealing catalytic converters from vehicles across Cambridgeshire at an average of more than two a day since the beginning of the year.
Throughout the week officers have been visiting scrap metal dealers to check stolen items were not being accepted.
Toyotas and Hondas seem to be favoured by the thieves but other vehicles including Lexus, Mercedes, Mazda and Volkswagen have also been singled out.
What you can do to reduce the risk of your car being targeted:
Park your car in a garage if possible or in a lit area up against a fence/wall/other vehicle so it can’t be lifted
Avoid parking half-on-half-off the pavement
Consider a catalytic lock which a garage can install
Fit a tilt car alarm
Mark your catalytic converter
Install a video doorbell and/or driveway alarm that will alert you to suspicious activity