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Warning after two catalytic converter thefts in Cotgrave overnight

Police are urging motorists to be on their guard after catalytic converter thieves struck in a Rushcliffe town.

The warning comes after two thefts from cars in Cotgrave overnight on Wednesday 2 November to Thursday 3 November.

Officers have upped patrols and are asking for the public’s help as they investigate the thefts.

The force received a call at around 8.30am on Thursday when a resident in Fir Dale reported a catalytic converter had been swiped from his vehicle during the night.

A short time later officers received another call, from a resident in Crosshill, to report that his vehicle had been targeted shortly after midnight.

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A suspect vehicle, described as a new Volkswagen Golf, was spotted on CCTV but the number plate was not clear.

Inspector Rob Lawton, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Rushcliffe, said: “Officers are working hard to investigate these offences and I’d ask anyone who saw anything, or anyone who may have captured CCTV or dash-cam footage, to please get in touch with us.

“While we have upped our patrols in affected areas, we are urging people to be vigilant and if they spot any suspicious vehicles or people in their area to report it to us on 101. If a crime is in progress call 999 immediately.

“If you see any suspicious activity, try to obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations.

“Although these offences were committed after dark, criminals will target cars at any time during the day or night so if you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, please report it.

“We’re also urging residents to make it as difficult as possible for criminals to target their vehicles. Where possible ensure your vehicle is parked on your driveway or in your garage if you have one. Alternatively, ensure you are parked in a well-lit area.

“Having an alarm and immobiliser fitted to your vehicle is also an effective way of deterring criminals.”

Anyone with any information about the overnight incidents is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 122 of 3 November 2022 for the Fir Dale incident and 302 of the same date for the theft in Crosshill.

If you see any suspicious activity in your area, please report it immediately by calling Nottinghamshire Police on 101. If an incident is in progress call 999.

 

 

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