We are releasing CCTV footage of two men we wish to talk to in connection with a catalytic converter theft in Bristol.
A car, parked at a business premises in Old Gloucester Road, was targeted by thieves at approximately 3.30pm on Tuesday 6 September.
We are keen to identify two men seen arriving and leaving the area in a Vauxhall Insignia, which it is suspected was on false plates. Both men were wearing face masks.
Detective Inspector Angela Burtonwood said: “Although catalytic converter thefts are not a new issue, we have seen an increase in the number of these thefts over the past couple of years, like other parts of the country.
“It’s a crime that can be committed within just a couple of minutes and the increasing value of metal is making catalytic converters an even greater target.
“The impact on victims is significant, because it makes their vehicle not road legal due to an increase in emissions, and can hit them in the pocket too because even if their insurance covers the repair cost, they are likely to face a higher premium in the future.”
We are therefore urging people to be vigilant and please report any suspicious activity to us.
DI Burtonwood added: “We’d please ask anyone who sees a crime taking place to dial 999 straight away. Anything out of the ordinary, such as a car up on jacks being tended to by individuals wearing face masks, should be reported.
“Motorists are advised to take the following steps themselves to protect their vehicle from being targeted. Advice from Crimestoppers includes:
- Avoid parking half on the pavement, half on the road, as this may provide thieves with easier access to the underside of your vehicle.
- Park your vehicle in a locked garage whenever possible.
- Try to park in busy, well-lit areas, or areas covered by CCTV.
- Ask your garage to tell you your catalytic converter’s serial number, and make a note of it.
- Consider purchasing forensic liquid and using it to mark your catalytic converter.
- Place a protective covering over your catalytic converter.
“We are also working with scrap metal dealers to remind them of their responsibilities and asking them to call us if they are approached by a seller who is suspected to be trying to pass on stolen goods.”
Anyone who witnessed the catalytic converter theft in Bristol, or recognises the two men we wish to speak to, is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 5222217592. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.