Organised criminals can remove catalytic converters from under a vehicle in a matter of minutes.
Catalytic converters contain precious metals such as rhodium, platinum and palladium which ‘clean’ exhaust gases. The sharp rise in the value of these metals over recent years has driven up the rate of catalytic converter theft. Palladium is currently more valuable than gold, meaning that a catalytic converter can sell for more than £500 on the black market.
If you have information on those behind catalytic converter theft, contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously.
Catalytic converter theft is a crime and leaves drivers with an average replacement bill of £1,300. In some cases, the vehicle may even be written off by the damage caused by thieves sawing converters from the exhaust. This crime can also cause immense stress and anxiety to victims, with some drivers being repeatedly targeted.
If you are approached to buy catalytic converters which you suspect may be stolen, you can contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously and tell them what you know. You don’t need to give your name, just as much information as you can give, such as the whereabouts of the criminals and who they are selling the metal to.
This information was provided via Crimestoppers’ newsletter
Essex has recently seen an increase in residents falling victim to rogue traders mis-selling solar panels.
Criminals target the vulnerable and those who already have solar panels to offer unnecessary maintenance contracts, extended warranties or battery replacements—all at a high price. One ’customer’ in Rayleigh received forged paperwork, whereas most receive none. Following the payment, no service is provided.
Residents have been contacted via the phone or by cold callers knocking at the door. Contact out of the blue should always be treated as suspicious—don’t be rushed to make a decision there and then.
Remember to Take Five: STOP – Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe. CHALLENGE – Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. PROTECT – Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud
This information was provided in Essex Police’s Fraud Alerts System’s Newsletter no. 32
In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched the PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign.
The campaign will run on social media from 17th – 30th May but those who do not use social media can support the campaign by displaying this poster in their community, or attending our online Dog Theft webinar on the 27th May at 5pm. The webinar will be led by Neighbourhood Watch Network with speakers from the Met Police and Crimestoppers, as well as special guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. To book your place, click here.
The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE, and to HELP MAKE PET THEFT A SPECIFIC CRIMINAL OFFENCE. The Met Police and Crimestoppers are backing our SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE message. More information on the campaign can be found on www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch.
You can support the campaign by acting on our advice and sharing our messages in the following ways:
Attend the online Dog Theft webinar on 27th May, 5pm. Book your place here.
About guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex Katy Bourne is in her third term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and again in 2021. The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Force; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to deliver community safety initiatives including Restorative Justice and crime reduction grants, along with commissioning support services for victims of crime.
Her genuine passion and commitment to making a difference has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers and in June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.