Kent

Catalytic converters worth £50,000 stolen in Ashford

Catalytic converters
Image caption Van owners have been urged to take extra security measures

Catalytic converters worth nearly £50,000 have been stolen during a spate of thefts in a Kent town.

Kent Police said a total of 20 vehicles had been targeted in Ashford since the beginning of September.

In one incident thieves stole catalytic converters worth £40,000 from 13 vans on the Ellingham Industrial Estate in Ellingham Way.

The force has urged owners to review their security arrangements to put off would-be thieves.

'Well-lit areas'

Crime reduction officer Jill Lane said: "A thief can't get to your catalytic converter if they can't get to your car.

"If possible always park your vehicle in a garage. However if you are not able to do this, park in well-lit areas at night and try to park close to buildings.

"If your car is isolated, it makes it easier for a thief to crawl under the car and saw the converter off, which can be done in seconds."

She added: "Take a few minutes to review your vehicle parking and how your vehicle can be made a less attractive option for a-would be thief."

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