Drivers are being warned to be vigilant following a series of catalytic converter thefts in the Folkestone area.

The first offence was reported in Boscombe Road on Saturday 30 April 2022.

Three further incidents then took place in Trimworth Road and Grimston Gardens overnight between Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 May.

Thieves may have worn boiler suits

Enquiries into the most recent of these offences suggest the thieves may have worn boiler suits to make them look like mechanics carrying out work on the vehicle.

Investigations into the incidents are ongoing and anyone with information is urged to call Kent Police on 01843 222289, quoting reference 46/83876/22.

You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form.

Motorists in the area are being advised to take precautions to prevent their vehicles being targeted.

Advice

To reduce the risk of theft, owners are advised to:

• Keep vehicles in a garage whenever possible, or park in busy, well-lit areas.

• Park close to fences, walls and kerbs with the exhaust closest to the barrier to make it difficult for thieves.

• Consider fitting a catalytic converter clamp or security cage to protect it.

• Security mark and register the metal shell of the converter so if stolen and recovered, it will be easier to trace. Mark or etch it with the vehicle registration number or serial number.

By Ed

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