MOTORISTS are being urged to be vigilant after a spate of thefts in the last two weeks.

Police patrols are being stepped up in North Herts after a number of catalytic convertors have been cut from the underneath of parked cars between Monday, August 27, and yesterday (Monday).

Offenders are stealing the convertors by using a device which they place under the vehicles – with mainly 4x4s and large commercial vehicles which allow easy access underneath being targeted.

Among the recorded incidents are five thefts in Letchworth GC and one each in Hitchin, Pirton and Codicote.

Sergeant Jon Vine, the safer neighbourhoods Sgt for North Herts, said: “There are certain measures people can take to try and prevent themselves from becoming a victim of this type of crime. It is extremely inconvenient to have your catalytic converter stolen, not to mention the expense and potential impact on your insurance costs.

“We would urge motorists to park their vehicles in a garage if they can, or get their catalytic converters property marked – contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods team on 101 for more details. We are continuing to increase our patrols in these areas and I would urge anyone who sees any vehicle acting suspiciously, particularly around 4x4s and larger commercial vehicles to call police immediately.”

If you have information about the thefts call the police on non-emergency number 101.