Rise in car part thefts

Police are appealing for witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses

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There has been an increase in the number of catalytic converters stolen from cars in Harrogate.

Harrogate police are appealing for residents to be vigilant after a recent rise in the theft of catalytic converters.

A police spokersperson said that over the course of the last week, several catalytic converters have been stolen from unattended motor vehicles in the town. There have also been thefts in Ripon and Knaresborough.

Thieves are targeting vehicles for these parts due to the high value of the precious metals they contain.

To reduce risk of being targeted by thieves, North Yorkshire Police have issued the following advice:

-Park your vehicle in garage where possible

-Park your vehicle in well lit areas, if you don’t have a garage

-Report any suspicious activity to the police

-Consider marking shell of the catalytic converter with a unique reference number (so if it is stolen it can be easily traced)

Acting Sergeant Tom Barker, of Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Over the past week police in Harrogate have received three reports of thefts of catalytic converters in the areas of Burke Street, Fewston Crescent and Byland Road.

“With the cost of metal increasing, these types of crimes are becoming more common and therefore I am asking the public to be extra vigilant and to following our crime prevention advice.

“Although the most recent thefts have been reported in Harrogate, since the beginning of 2013 there have been 14 thefts across the Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon region. Therefore my message extends to all residents in those areas.”

For more crime prevention advice, visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk/crimeprevention