A Neighbourhood Sergeant for Amersham has sent out an alert to residents regarding a spike in catalytic converter thefts in the area.
Sgt Darren Walsh sent out a Thames Valley Police alert recently which read: “There has been a sharp increase in the number of catalytic converter thefts in the last year due to the value of the metals contained within them.
“Thefts are occurring at all times of the day and night frequently by gangs who’ll work together to remove them.
“A Catalytic Converter can be removed in under two minutes and repairs can cost upwards of a £1,000. Hybrid models are particularly targeted.
“I am looking at ways in which the community can fight back and your help is needed to protect our communities from these criminals.
“If you see something suspicious going on, call it in. Additional patrols have been put in place at hotspot areas. Metal dealers have also been targeted and other areas and forces are co-ordinating a joint response to this.
“Crime Reduction techniques also have a part to play. Consider where and how you park. Maybe it is time to actually use that garage (If the car will fit in it). Park close to the kerb, or in a location that restricts access underneath. Get your cat converter marked up.
“Keep those eyes peeled and stay safe.”