Catalytic converters stolen from vans in Fareham and Gosport

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Van drivers are urged to be vigilant after a number of thefts of catalytic converters in Fareham and Gosport.

During this month so far, eight vans have had their entire exhaust units removed in order for the catalytic converters to be stolen.

The thefts took place in Bridgemary, Rowner, and Elson, in Gosport, along with Highlands and West End in Fareham.

All eight were Mercedes vans, and police are linking the thefts.

Anyone with information should call PC Barry Martin at Fareham police station on 101.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Advice from police

Hampshire Constabulary has offered this crime prevention advice to motorists:

Where possible, park your vehicle in a garage or secure compound, preferably well lit and monitored by CCTV. If this is not possible then try and park in a well lit area which is overlooked, or in a secure ParkMark parking facility.

It has been reported that in some cases individuals have been removing the catalytic converters by accessing the engine compartment, so where possible always park in a way that makes access to the bonnet of the vehicle difficult.

If you have multiple vehicles, use the vehicle with the lowest clearance underneath to block the vehicle with the higher clearance.