Men arrested in connection with Derbyshire catalytic converter thefts
Police have arrested three men in connection with alleged catalytic converter thefts in Derbyshire.
The suspects, aged 67, 30 and 28 from Newark-on-Trent, were apprehended in relation to the theft of catalytic converters in Kilburn.
Officers stopped a van on Horsley Road around 5.50pm on Friday, April 30 following reports of suspicious activity.
The men were arrested on suspicion of theft and have since been released under investigation while inquiries continue.
Derbyshire Constabulary have raised awareness of catalytic converter thefts across the county in recent weeks, urging motorists to park in a garage or in a position where it would be difficult to access the underside of the vehicle near the exhaust.
Drivers are also urged to mark their catalytic converter with a serial number to identify it, and register it on sites such as Immobilise, while also installing a protective covering over the converter.
This may not prevent it from being stolen, but would make it more difficult and slow down the process.
Officers encourage motorists to install alarms, CCTV and have good quality lighting near to where their vehicle is parked to act as a deterrent.
Hybrid vehicles are most often targeted as the catalytic converter is used less frequently, meaning the metals they use are less likely to corrode and they are worth more.
But if the crime is in progress, people should always call 999.