Police news September 2014

Protect your CAT (catalytic converter)

A catalytic converter (CAT) controls and converts exhaust emissions from a vehicle into less toxic substances. But did you know that CATS are valuable, due to the precious metals from which they are made?

All vehicles with a catalytic converter are at risk of theft, especially vehicles which have a high ground clearance, such as vans, 4x4s, pick-ups and people carriers, as these can provide thieves with easier access.

But there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of your catalytic converter being stolen.

o   Park your vehicle in a locked garage when it's unattended

o   It it's not possible to garage your vehicle, park it in a busy well-lit area as close to your property as possible

o   If you see anyone working under vehicles, and they are acting suspiciously, report it to the police

o   For business fleets, consider; Good quality, strong perimeter fencing and try defensive parking (If you have a fleet of vehicles, block those with high ground clearance using vehicles with low clearance to obstruct access underneath the vehicle). Install and monitor CCTV and / or compound alarm systems

o   Mark your catalytic converter with a marking and registration system


Catalytic Converter marking sessions

Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) are running catalytic converter marking sessions across the county in partnership with local garages.

Wednesday 10th September from 6pm to 10pm at TruckEast (Scania) Ltd, Violet Hill Road Stowmarket

Saturday 13th September from 9am to 12noon at A&J Motor Services Ltd, Lion Barn Industrial Estate Needham Market

If you would like more information on events in your area contact your local SNT by calling the Suffolk Police non emergency number 101


Free dog micro-chipping, Stowmarket

Stowmarket Safer Neighbourhood Team and Stowmarket Town Council are inviting members of the public to get their dog micro-chipped for free at the Recreation Ground in Finborough Road.

Officers from the team will be with Dogs Trust on Saturday 30 August from 11am to 3pm by the café.

Any dog owner is welcome to attend. For more information please visit: www.chipmydog.org.uk or 0207 8370006