Owners of 4x4 vehicles encouraged to attend catalytic converter marking event

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Owners of 4x4 vehicles are being invited to have their car’s catalytic converter marked free of charge at an event in Daventry in a bid to prevent theft.

The event is being organised by Northamptonshire Police and will take place on Thursday, March 27 between 9am and 3.30pm, at Drayton Fields MOT Station, 12 Gresley Drive, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 8RZ.

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 mechanic from the Force’s transport department.

Catalytic converters are part of the exhaust system and 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 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 this Thursday is invited to call Suzie Fletcher on 101 ext 343989 or email susan.fletcher@northants.police.uk to book a time slot.