Get you catalytic converter marked

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Police officers from Babergh are holding a free catalytic converter marking sessions to help reduce further crime between 9am and noon on Saturday, November 8 at Setyres in Woodhill Business Park

Smaller vehicles should arrive between 8.30am and 10.30am and vans/ larger higher vehicles between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Motorists are advised to consider the following advice to protect their catalytic converters, in particular owners of vehicles with a high ground clearance which are often targeted:

- Park your vehicle in a locked and secure garage/compound at all times.

- The use of alarms, lighting and CCTV should be considered to deter thieves.

- If this isn’t possible park in a well-lit, public area.

- Vehicles can be parked in such a way as to make access to the catalytic converter difficult, or parallel with another vehicle if you own one.

- Look out for people ‘working’ under vehicles as they may not be the owners or lease holders, even if they have fluorescent jackets on.

- Remove items of value from your vehicle whilst unattended and keep it secure and locked at all times.

- Mark your catalytic converter by etching your vehicle registration onto the metal shell, or by using a Secured By Design (SBD) approved forensic marking solution which is a heat-resistant paint. This makes it easier for police to trace the converter back to your vehicle should it ever be stolen, and links offenders to a crime.

- Consider fitting additional security on your vehicle(s) by installing an SBD approved converter security product, such as a clamp.

- Please visit the SBD website www.securedbydesign.com for more information on police approved security products.