Nottinghamshire Police are urging motorists to take precautions after a spate of thefts of catalytic converters from cars in the area.
A spokesman said: ”There have recently been a number of thefts of catalytic converters from vans, four-wheel drives and ordinary saloon cars around Nottinghamshire.
“The thefts have taken place on private driveways, business premises and in some cases from cars parked on the road.
“In light of these thefts where possible please make sure your vehicle is garaged or secured and alarmed.”
Police have issued the following advice:
• 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.