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Scheme to prevent catalytic converter theft at Kwik-Fit in Borehamwood
Thieves wanting to turn catalytic converters into cash may find life difficult after a new marking scheme is launched.
Van drivers will be able to have their catalytic converters marked for free at Kwik-Fit in Shenley Road in Borehamwood from next Tuesday.
During the process, a code is placed permanently on the vehicle, which can be used to trace the converter and reunite it with its owner if it were to be stolen for its precious metal content.
Councillor Charles Goldstein, portfolio holder for community safety, said: "These converters can cost up to £3,500 to replace, and it's often small businesses which suffer from these thefts. Anything motorists can do to protect their vehicle is worthwhile."
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd encouraged local businesses to take part in the scheme as a way of doing their bit to cut crime.
He said: “Crime prevention is something that everyone can get involved in, helping to reduce opportunities for criminals and make Hertfordshire an even safer place to live and do business.”
The project comes after a Borehamwood resident reported a catalytic converter being cut off their people carrier on Friday.
Chief Inspector Mike Pryce from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Crime Reduction Unit said: “These crime prevention measures are very effective at deterring thieves from stealing number plates, which can be used on other vehicles to commit crime, or from stealing catalytic converters for the precious metal they contain.
“I would like to thank Kwik Fit for helping the Community Safety Partnership to deliver this service and would urge motorists to take advantage of this opportunity to keep their vehicles safe.”
The scheme, which runs for two weeks, is suitable for light diesel-engined vehicles, up to 4.2 tonnes GVW. Owners should ring the centre on 0208 207 1820 to book an appointment.
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