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TROUBLING THEFTS: Northwood resident asks for more to be done in combating catalytic converter thefts

 Published on: 10th January 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Northwood resident has questioned what is being done to combat catalytic converter thefts after his was stolen.

Jonathan Hutchins had his catalytic converter stolen from his car and became annoyed by the lack of investigation which was done after the incident.

He said: “I was shocked how little was done by the authorities who didn’t follow up in anyway. When it happened I contacted the police they told me to put in a report and they would get back to me.

“I know they are very busy with COVID-19 but the point is that these people are getting away with it.”

Jonathan added that he later found that Northwick Park Hospital staff who have been working tirelessly during the pandemic have also been struck by these thefts.

He said: “It makes you really angry that you’ve got this wonderful health staff and they’re being targeted by thieves

“It costs a lot of money to put your car in the hospital car park, you would think there would be some sort of security.”

A spokesperson from the London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust said: “Unfortunately we are aware of thefts on our sites. Our security teams are making regular rounds to try to deter these thefts and we continue to monitor the situation, as well as working with the Met Police.”

A spokesperson for Metropolitan Police said: “We are aware of several reports of catalytic convertor thefts in and around the Northwood area and these type of thefts were discussed with local residents at a Ward Panel Meeting in early December. 

“Try to make sure your vehicle is parked in a garage overnight, or if you have a commercial vehicle park it in a secure compound. If this isn’t possible, park in an area that’s well-lit and overlooked and try to park so that the convertor can’t be easily reached by potential thieves.”

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