Vehicle Crime

Alert message sent 09/06/2022 10:00:00

Information sent on behalf of Staffordshire Police

Please be vigilant for suspicious activity around vehicles. Staffordshire Police have received several recent reports in the Borough of vehicle registration plates and catalytic converters stolen from parked vehicles.

Fit theft-resistant number plate fittings. Stolen number plates are commonly used to hide the identity of stolen vehicles. Use one-way clutch head screws to secure number plates.

Although catalytic converter thefts are increasing, there are steps that you can take to protect your vehicle.

To keep your catalytic converter safe, you can ask your car dealer for advice on locks or guards that are approved by the vehicle manufacturer and tested to Sold Secure Gold.

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.

Visit Secured by Design ( or Sold Secure Gold ( for more details.

• If the crime is happening now call 999 - if you are unsure, we’d rather hear about it and decide if a theft is occurring.
• If it is safe to do so, take photos of suspects or the number plate of their car (do not approach suspects, as they have been known to use violence).
• If the crime has already happened then you can report it to us online or by calling the non emergency number 101.
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James Baddeley (Police,PCSO,Newcastle, Newcastle North)

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