Police host sessions to prevent car thefts

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MOTORISTS are being urged to have their catalytic converters marked in a bid to deter thieves from stealing them.

Suffolk Police will be holding a session in Sudbury next week aimed at making the converters less attractive to thieves.

They will be engraved with the vehicle’s registration and marked with heat-resistant silver paint.

Drivers will also receive signs for their vehicles to warn criminals that the converter is easily identifiable if stolen.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said: “If police officers stop any vehicles with catalytic converters on board that are suspected to be stolen, they can be checked for markings and the owner can be traced.”

She added that scrap yards across the county were aware of the scheme and were able to check for the markings and alert police if offered a converter for sale.

The session will take place at Red Star Garage on the Woodhall Business Park between 10.30am and 1pm on Monday.

During the sessions, larger vehicles such as Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter vans should be brought in between midday and 1pm, while smaller vehicles can be brought at any time.