Staffordshire Police warn of recent increase in vehicle thefts including catalytic converters stolen from Vauxhalls at car dealership

  • Staffordshire Police are warning car dealers and the public following a recent increase in vehicle thefts in the area
  • Thieves have targeted a car dealership where catalytic converters were stolen from two vehicles
  • Three separate vehicles were stolen earlier this week with two incidents happening without the car keys

Time 12:44 pm, May 6, 2022

Police in Staffordshire are warning car dealers and the public following a spate of vehicle thefts in the area.

Officers received reports about the theft of catalytic converters from two Vauxhalls at a car dealership on Eastern Avenue, Lichfield.

It is believed that offenders forced entry into the premises and took the convertors from two Vauxhalls at some point between April 18 and April 28.

This is one of the earliest incidents from this series of vehicle crime reports, with six catalytic converters stolen from cars on Cinder Road, Burntwood, also on April 28.

Six Renault low-loader vans were targeted at around 1.25am.

Three separate reports of vehicle thefts were also received this week, including a black Land Rover stolen without the keys on Monday (May 2), a Ford Transit also stole without keys from a driveway on the same night and a VW Golf R stolen on Tuesday night (May 3).

Chief inspector David Wain, Staffordshire Police lead for vehicle crime, said: ‘These criminals have a significant impact on members of the public and local businesses across the region.

‘Offenders may specifically target work vans and company vehicles on the assumption that they will have valuable items inside. As such, tools should be removed from vehicles overnight and stored in a secure area.

‘These tools can also be marked using paint pens and sealed with a lacquer spray to ensure they are easily traced and identified, should they come into contact with thieves.

‘Where possible, ensure your vehicle is parked in good view of CCTV and secured at all times. If you own a keyless vehicle, consider storing your electric fobs in a Faraday Bag – to block the signal – and away from access points.

‘You can further secure your vehicle using a steering lock and leaving them in a locked garage, should you have one.

‘When using public parking, consider parking your vehicle in a high-visibility area, with your bonnet against the wall.’

Rebecca Chaplin's avatar

Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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