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Added: Friday 6 July 2012
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Car owners are being invited to have their vehicle's catalytic converter marked free of charge in a bid to prevent theft.
The event is being organised by Northamptonshire Police and will take place on Friday 13 July 2012 at Oundle Tyre and Exhaust Centre, New Road, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4LA, 9:00am to 3:30pm
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, 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.
A police spokesperson said: "We are encouraging motorists, particularly owners of 4x4s, 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 on Friday 13 July 2012 is invited to call Suzie Fletcher on 101 ext 8422 or email email@example.com, 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.