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Chichester Weekly Bulletin

Alert message sent 05/02/2021 16:39:00

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Monday 25 to Sunday 31 January 2021

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The precious metal in catalytic converters has led to an increase in their theft and unfortunately we have seen an increase in these types of thefts across Arun and Chichester.
We are appealing for the public to listen out for any suspicious noises or activity around stationary vehicles.
Thieves usually use power tools to remove the catalytic converter and these will make a noise whilst trying to remove it.
A Catalytic converter can be stolen within 30 seconds and a hydraulic jack will often be used to lift the vehicle. In some cases a jack is not required as the suspects can reach under a larger vehicle such as a van or a 4 x 4.
Whilst our teams are actively investigating, we thought we would bring to your attention security measures you can employ to help prevent you from becoming a victim of this crime.
To keep yours safe:
Ask your car dealer if they can give you any advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer.
Alternatively, try to make sure your vehicle is parked in a garage overnight, or if you have a commercial vehicle park it in a secure compound.
If this isn’t possible, park in an area that’s well-lit and overlooked and try to park so that the converter can’t be easily reached by potential thieves. Vehicles that sit high above the road are particularly vulnerable.
You should also register your converter and mark it with a forensic marker, which will make it harder for thieves to dispose of.
There are security devices available both online and in stores that make the theft of a catalytic converter much harder.
Please call 999 if you ever witness anyone acting suspiciously around a vehicle or if you see this type of crime is happening now.
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Crime summary

Chichester (WC1)
Oakwood, Chichester – Between Thursday 21 and Monday 25 January a quad bike was stolen. Serial 1088 25/01.
Old Broyle Road, West Broyle – Between Saturday 23 and Monday 25 January a building site was burgled. Numerous items were stolen. Serial 0226 25/01.
Litten Terrace, Chichester – Overnight between Sunday 24 and Monday 25 January an unlocked vehicle was entered and numerous items were stolen. Serial 0678 25/01.
South Pallant, Chichester – Overnight between Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 January a vehicle was broken into. Serial 0276 26/01.
Market Road, Chichester – Overnight between Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 January two vehicles were broken into. A dash cam was stolen. Serials 0441 and 0752 26/01.
Westgate, Chichester – Between Wednesday 27 and Saturday 30 January a blue Ford Focus was stolen. Serial 0982 30/01.
Tamar Way, Tangmere – On Thursday 28 January a catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle. Serial 1103 29/01.
Hangar Drive, Tangmere – Overnight between Thursday 28 and Friday 29 January a catalytic converter was stolen from a vehicle. Serial 0251 29/01.
Selsey, The Witterings and surrounding area (WC2)
Third Avenue, Batchmere – On Saturday 23 January a vehicle was criminally damaged. Serial 0019 26/01.
Midhurst, Petworth and surrounding area (WC3)
Newpound, Wisborough Green – Between Monday 25 and Thursday 28 January two signs were criminally damaged. Serial 0979 28/01.
Petworth – On the evening of Wednesday 27 January a field of crops were criminally damaged. Serial 1309 28/01.
Poplar Way, Midhurst – On the evening of Sunday 31 January the front door of a residence was criminally damaged. Serial 0897 31/01.


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