Catalytic converters thefts in York
12:00am 12th April 2012
(Updated 11:14am 12th April 2012)
There's been a rise in the number of catalytic converters thefts in North Yorkshire.
32 have been stolen in York since January.
It's because thieves can sell the metal for scrap, at a high cost.
Car and van owners are now being urged to protect their vehicles by backing a new police operation to stem the rise of catalytic converter thefts.
Operation Bonafide (being run by the Safer York Partnership, North Yorkshire Police and City of York Council) will allow drivers to have their converters marked so they can be clearly identified if they are stolen and sold on to local scrap merchants.
Metal theft has become one of the UK’s fastest-growing crimes due to rising prices for materials such as copper and lead.
The most commonly targeted vehicles are Mercedes Sprinter vans, whose owners are being particularly encouraged to get their catalytic converter marked.
Dealers have been warned they will be prosecuted and face losing their licence if any converters are found at their business which have been marked or look like an attempt has been made to remove the markings.
Free Marking Opportunity from the Safer York Partnership
Today (Wednesday 11th April 2012) the Safer York Partnership is launching Operation Bonafide to tackle increases in catalytic converter theft in the city.
Developed through the Partnership’s vehicle crime task group this is a joint initiative involving City of York Council Trading Standards and North Yorkshire Police.
Following a successful pilot event in February, the partnership are now working with a number of local businesses to offer free catalytic converter security marking for York residents and businesses.
Members of the public can now contact any of the participating garages below to arrange a suitable time for them to take their vehicle along.
In addition to security marking they will be given a distinctive window sticker indicating that the catalytic converter on their vehicle has been security marked.
Participating garages marked with a * will also provide a free ‘health check’ of the vehicle.
Participating garages are as follows:
North Eastern Tyres & Autocare* Centurian Park, Clifton Moor. Tel. 692500 (CARS ONLY)
Glen Garage*, 12 Hawthorne Grove, Heworth, York. Telephone 425000 (CARS AND VANS)
A.G. Motors*, Wheldrake Lane, Crockey Hill, York, YO19 4SN. Tel. 625890 (CARS AND VANS)
Barker’s Garage*, Keswick Way, Huntington, York, YO32 9QP, Tel. 760020 (CARS AND VANS)
Huntington Garage*, 67 North Moor Road, Huntington, York, YO32 9QN. Tel. 768808 (CARS ONLY)
Halford’s*, Foss Islands Road, York (CARS ONLY)
Drydals Garage, Hospital Fields Road, York YO10 4DZ, Tel. 633809 (CARS ONLY)
The garages will join local scrap dealers in working to disrupt catalytic converter theft by ensuring that any stolen catalytic converters attempted to be sold can be clearly identified through distinctive the distinctive security markings.
Between the 1st November 2011 and 9th March 2012, 40 catalytic converters were stolen in York forming part of a general increase in scrap metal theft.
Cllr Sandy Fraser, Cabinet Member for Crime and Community Safety, said:
“We are really pleased at the enthusiasm with which local garages have embraced this initiative. They are making a significant contribution towards the reduction of metal theft in York.”.
For more information please see www.saferyork.org.uk
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