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Attempted burglary at Wilkinsons Hardware, Westgate. Just after midnight 1.10.21 (Frid), suspect(s) attempted to force entry by damaging the roller shutters on the customer’s entrance. Roller comes out of hinges, but no entry gained. If anyone saw a person loitering in the vicinity of the store or behaving suspiciously, please contact the local Beat Officer PC 1312 Joe Lloyd quoting Crime ref 21*569619.
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Criminal damage to window of The Royal Oak, Queen Street, Uppingham, about 11.55pm 1.10.21. One male arrested.
Theft of catalytic converter from car parked overnight 1/2.10.21 (Fri/Sat) in Toons Yard, Uppingham. These thefts continue to be a priority for Police Forces.
How Do Thieves Steal Catalytic Converters?
Thieves tend to target vehicles with easily accessible catalytic converters, such as pickup trucks and certain SUVs. Cars left for extended periods of time in poorly monitored lots tend to be the most common locations.
It only takes a saw and a few minutes to remove a catalytic converter. In some cases, catalytic converter thieves will use a board to slide themselves beneath a vehicle, or, if time allows, use a jack to lift up the car. Once underneath, the thief saws through the piping on both sides of the converter to pull it off of the car.
How Do You Know Your Catalytic Converter is Missing?
You’ll be able to tell that something’s wrong immediately after turning on the car after your catalytic converter has been stolen. You will notice the following 3 symptoms:
- A loud rumbling or roaring sound will emanate from the engine, which will increase in volume as you press the gas pedal.
- The car will drive rough and feel like it’s sputtering while changing speeds.
- If you check beneath the car from the back side, you will notice a gaping hole in the machinery, near the middle of the exhaust system, as well as pieces of torn-away piping.
How To Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft:
Since converter thieves tend to target cars at ideal locations, most prevention methods surround parking practices. Here are 6 tips to prevent catalytic converter theft.
- Park in well-lit areas.
- Park close to building entrances or the nearest road in public parking lots. This leaves your car in a location where many people can see it.
- If you have a personal garage, keep your car parked inside with the door shut.
- Add video surveillance to the area where you regularly park your car.
- Install a catalytic converter-specific security device, or have it welded to the car frame. You can also engrave your car’s VIN number to the catalytic converter.
- Adjust the security system on your car, if already installed, to activate from vibrations, such as those produced by a saw.
Call the police first when you notice your catalytic converter has been stolen and provide any identifying details you can. Also, call local scrap metal yards to notify them of the theft. They can be on the lookout if anyone comes in with a catalytic converter.
Remember: the best way to prevent theft is to make access to your car’s converter as inconvenient and difficult as possible. This means taking preventative measures like smart parking and adding your VIN number to the catalytic converter. Stay on the lookout for increases in theft in your area and respond accordingly.
Theft of vehicle from Wilton Close, Uppingham, between 11pm 1.10 and 12.30am 2.10.21. Stolen a BMW 5201 SE, grey, index CJ04 NF*. If you live in the vicinity and have a CCTV please check for any vehicle frequenting the area or anyone behaving suspiciously. If you have any information, please pass it to the Rutland Police Neighbourhood Unit quoting crime ref CR21*573204.
From PC 1742 Appleton
The following crime has been reported to Rutland North Beat for September: –
Residential Burglary, Ashwell, Greetham
Assault Cottesmore x 3, Whissendine, Great Casterton, Hambleton, Thistleton
Theft Market Overton, Stretton, Great Casterton
Theft from Vehicle A1 x 4
Bilking (Theft of fuel from garage Stretton
Public Order Ryhall
Criminal Damage Cottesmore, Little Casterton
This month I have been working with both Ryhall and Essendine with the launches of their village Community Speed Watch Schemes and completing their training with RCC Road Safety Partnership. Essendine launched this week and I will be supporting them through the process. Speeding continues to be one of the 3 main priorities for Rutland North beat.
PCSO Di Freeman will be holding a Beat Surgery on Thursday 14th October between 10:00 – 11:00 at the Village Hall in Ryhall. We would encourage anyone to pop down and speak to Di about any concerns or issues. We are also looking for location to hold other Beat surgeries and so if you are holding any events and would be happy for us to come along please email me and I will arrange.
We are still trying to encourage as many of the residents of Rutland North beat to be signed up to Neighbourhood Link, which is an email alert system, from the police. If you would like to sign up please email me with you name, house number, postcode and I would be happy to sign you up.
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