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Warnings after thefts of catalytic converters in Gosberton and Crowland




People are being encouraged to be vigilant following reports of thefts of car parts in the district.

It comes after a post on social media of the thefts of catalytic converters, one sawn off a car parked in the driveway of a home in Gosberton, and allegedly three from the Crowland area last month.

Inspector Gareth Boxall says that while the thefts are rare, people should be vigilant.
Inspector Gareth Boxall says that while the thefts are rare, people should be vigilant.

A catalytic converter is part of the exhaust system of a vehicle. Police in Cambridgeshire recently urged people to be aware following a series of thefts of the devices in Peterborough, with certain makes of car being targeted due to high value metals in their converters.

Catalytic converters are a target for thieves as they are coated in a precious metal that has a high value. Thieves will cut the catalytic converter from a parked car and sell them on to scrap metal dealers. Image supplied by Lincs Police. (13311263)
Catalytic converters are a target for thieves as they are coated in a precious metal that has a high value. Thieves will cut the catalytic converter from a parked car and sell them on to scrap metal dealers. Image supplied by Lincs Police. (13311263)

Sector Inspector for neighbourhood policing in South Holland, Gareth Boxall, said: "These crimes are relatively rare but certain makes and models are more desirable than others. We have experienced about one a month in South Holland since April.

"These crimes usually occur at night so we encourage residents who might be up and about during the night to be vigilant and contact us immediately if they see anything suspicious.

"We also encourage car owners to consider their security at home. Lighting up driveways, particularly when combined with a movement sensor, is a really cost-effective form of security. If you are able to secure your vehicle behind a garage or gate, then that of course is a good preventative measure."

People who notice anybody behaving suspiciously should contact Lincolnshire Police immediately on 101
People who notice anybody behaving suspiciously should contact Lincolnshire Police immediately on 101

Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton, who is the minister at Gosberton Baptist Church, took to social media to let people know about the incident in Gosberton.

He said: "I think we just have to be a bit more suspicious and be aware."

Separately, Gosberton Parish Church was recently hit by thieves who stole lead from its church roof.

Anybody with information on any of these theftsshould contact Lincs Police on 101.

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