Thieves stripping parts from under vehicles in Sunderland

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POLICE are urging drivers to be vigilant after catalytic converters were stolen from vans in Sunderland.

Overnight between Monday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 11, police received three reports of thefts from Mercedes Sprinter vans.

The incidents happened on Thanet Road, Taunton Square and Avonmouth Road.

Now officers are asking motorists to keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour around a vehicle and to report it to police.

Dave Pickett, neighbourhood inspector for the area, added: “We would also ask vehicle owners to obstruct access to the underneath of their vehicles, making it harder for thieves.

“We suggest parking where possible against a kerb, with the catalytic converter being closest to the kerb.

“As a further measure, have your catalytic converter etched or forensically marked and place stickers in the windscreen to say it has been done.

“Police would also like to hear from anyone who has been offered a cheap catalytic converter for sale to make contact.”

Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Crime prevention advice is available via the Northumbria Police website,