Security event for 4x4 owners

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Owners of 4x4 vehicles are invited to have their catalytic converter security marked in Oundle to prevent theft.

The event is being organised by Northamptonshire Police and will take place on Thursday March 12, between 9am to 3.30pm, at Oundle Tyre and Exhaust Centre, New Road, Oundle.

Police staff will be on hand to give vehicle security advice and explain the benefits of marking the catalytic converter. The marking will be done by a trained mechanic from the Force’s transport department.

Catalytic converters, part of the exhaust system, contain a number of rare metals which can make them valuable to thieves. 4x4s and other vehicles with a high clearance tend to be the criminals’ prime choice as they are easier to access from underneath. Typically, the catalytic converters are cut or unbolted in just minutes.

Police are therefore encouraging motorists, particularly owners of these types of vehicles, to protect their vehicle by using this simple marking technique.

Each marking kit comes with a unique ‘CAT’ marking code. Once registered, the unique code can be married up with the vehicle registration details. The aim is to devalue the product to thieves and handlers of stolen goods, making it more difficult to sell on.

Anyone wishing to take advantage of the free marking session are invited to call Suzie Fletcher on 101 ext 343989 or email susan.fletcher@northants.police.uk to book a time slot.

It is important that an appointment is made otherwise it will not be possible to conduct the marking on the day. Spaces are limited.