Catalytic Converter Thefts in Ruddington

September’s Ruddington Crime statistics, just issued by Rushcliffe Police, show a spike in vehicle crime around our village. This includes two cars – one parked on Wilford Road and another on Church Street – which had their catalytic converters stolen.

It seems thieves target these for the precious metals they contain – such as rhodium, palladium, and platinum – making newer vehicles the most vulnerable. Hybrid* cars are also attractive to criminals since the supplementary electric motor means their catalytic converters are likely to have been used less frequently to process the toxic pollutants produced by their petrol or diesel engine.

Officers say the suspects for this latest spate of catalytic converter thefts have been using a dark grey five door VW Golf on various number plates. There are usually three males in the vehicle, who pull up beside the attacked car, jack it up and then use a power saw to remove the converter in a very short time frame. We’re asked to remain vigilant for this car and its occupants, and to contact the police immediately if you see anything suspicious.

Nottinghamshire Police have also issued this advice to the public to protect vehicles with catalytic converters:

  • If you can, park your vehicle in a locked garage when it is unattended.
  • If it’s not possible to garage your vehicle, park it in a busy, well-lit area as close to your property as possible.
  • Consider installing a Thatcham approved alarm to your vehicle. Ones that activate if your vehicle is lifted or tilted are particularly effective.
  • Use a catalytic converter protection device or marking system.

Officers say, if your catalytic converters is stolen, you will know because your vehicle’s engine will sound different.

*Note that pure electric cars have no internal combustion engine, therefore no catalytic converter (or fuel tank)

Here’s the complete list of reported crimes in Ruddington from 1st – 30th September 2020:

1st            Theft from shop – Meat products – Wilford Lane

1st/2nd    Criminal damage to vehicle bodywork and windows – keyed – Rufford Road

5th          Fly tipping – waste left in the road – The Avenue – RBC investigating

6th/7th   Burglary – dwelling – cars stolen with keys – Flawforth Lane – Suspect arrested >>MORE<<

7th          Attempted theft of Vehicle – Flawforth Lane – linked to above burglary

               Attempted theft of Vehicle – Flawforth Lane – linked to above burglary

               Attempted theft of Vehicle – Barleylands – linked to above burglary

8th         Theft of number plates – Elms Park

9th         Burglary – dwelling – car stolen using keys taken from inside – enquiries ongoing

10th       Theft of garden furniture – found a short way from the property – Brookside Road

11th        Theft from shop – oil stolen from garage – Loughborough Road

12th -19th Number plates stolen – from parked vehicle – Templeman Close

13th       Theft of push bike – insecure outside property – Loughborough Road

Sainsbury’s on Dutton’s Hill was again targeted several times

14th      Theft of coffee from shop – Wilford Road

              Theft of Catalytic Converter – from car parked Wilford Road

15th       Public order offence – Public House – Easthorpe Street >>MORE<<

22nd      Theft from shop – Meat products – Wilford Road

23rd      Theft from shop – Wilford Road

               Burglary – dwelling outbuildings entered at site under renovation – The Green

24th.     Attempted theft from shop – Offender stopped and dealt with at the time – Church Street

25th     Theft from shop – Wilford Road

30th     Criminal damage to vehicle – wing mirror kicked off – Offenders identified at the time – Rufford Road

             Theft of catalytic converter from vehicle Church Street

As has previously reported, the vehicles stolen from the two burglaries have been recovered and suspects have been identified.

Officers say there has been an increase in reported shop thefts around the Rushcliffe area with offenders traveling to rural locations in a vehicle. Suspects have been identified and enquiries are continuing.

If you have further information about any of the reported offences during September in Ruddington – or may have captured CCTV footage that you think could help – you’re asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

{Missing catalytic converter photo (top) by Elliott Evans}

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