Citroen motorists warned after Southwell theft

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Police are warning Citroen motorists to be vigilant against catalytic converter thieves.

The warning comes after two Citroen Picassos were targeted in Southwell and Newark this week.

Both happened overnight with the first on Springfield Road, Southwell, between Tuesday and Wednesday ,13th and 14th August, and the second in Newark, between Thursday and Friday 15th and 16th August.

Chief Insp Paul Murphy said: “We have officers in uniform and plain-clothes making foot and vehicle patrols during the day and evening in a bid to disrupt this type of crime and provide reassurance to motorists.

“We are also making good use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology.

“But you too can help. Report suspicious activity, such as people working under vehicles in an ad-hoc manner, especially at night time, to police.

“Where possible, keep your vehicles in a locked garage. If you don’t have a garage, try to make it as difficult as possible for someone to get under your car.

“Park it between a wall or fence and another car in a well-lit area. Install a motion sensor alarm to the vehicle, which activates if your vehicle is lifted or tilted. And finally, use a marking system to register the catalytic converter itself.”

If you have experienced an unsolicited approach to buy a catalytic converter or if you have information about the culprits contact police or call Crimestoppers anonymously.