LINCOLNSHIRE Police are encouraging motorists to keep their vehicles secure after a sharp rise in thefts of catalytic converters.
Police have had 22 incidents reported to them since the start of December and they are now offering advice on how to prevent it from happening to you.
Sgt Stuart Brotherton, of Spalding Police, said: “Park your vehicle in a well lit area if possible, security lighting is very useful, particularly sensor lights which can be as cheap as £10.”
Thieves can access catalytic converters by crawling under the vehicle and then either saw them off or unscrew the bolts they are fixed on with which can take as little as 90 seconds.
Sgt Brotherton added: “Placing something heavy under the car, like a block of concrete, can help as it will make a noise when it’s moved and act as a deterrent.”
A catalytic converter can fetch a thief around £200, but could cost the victim £1,000 to replace.
Police also recommend using special markers to engrave catalytic converters.
Thieves commonly target 4x4s and vans as they sit higher from the ground, so parking them close to another car is a good way to reduce the risk.
Police are urging anyone who see anything suspicious to report it immediately by ringing 101.