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Motorists warned following recent catalytic converter thefts in Bridgwater and Taunton

The Police are asking motorists to be vigilant following a recent increase in thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles in the Taunton and Bridgwater area.

Officers have been seeing an increase in thefts in recent weeks, occurring during daylight hours as well as overnight.

Catalytic converters are positioned underneath a vehicle and can take less than a minute to cut and remove. They are attractive to thieves due to the current high prices of the metals inside them such as platinum, palladium or rhodium.

Unfortunately, they can be very expensive for victims to replace, particularly in newer vehicles.

While hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius are particularly likely to be targeted for their catalytic converters, we’re currently receiving reports about thefts from various types of vehicles.

If you see someone acting suspiciously around a vehicle, report it to police on 101. Ideally, provide a vehicle registration/make/model and colour, and a description of the suspects. If you witness a crime in progress, call 999.

Additionally, if you have any information specifically relating to recent catalytic converter thefts in the Taunton/Bridgwater area which could assist our enquiries, please call 101 and quote reference number 5221052792.

To help prevent your vehicle being targeted, we’d encourage motorists to follow the crime prevention advice below:

  • Park your car in a locked garage where possible, but if this isn’t an option then park it in a well-lit and well-populated area, where neighbours and passers-by could see anyone tampering with your vehicle
  • Park strategically! In order to steal the parts, thieves need to slide under the vehicle and use cutting tools to detach the box from the pipes around it. This means parking your car close to fences, walls or kerbs will make theft much more difficult.
  • Avoid parking your vehicle half on the pavement and half on the road, as this may make it easier for thieves to access the catalytic converter.
  • If parking in a public car park, consider parking alongside other cars and facing your bonnet towards the wall if possible. With the catalytic converter positioned at the front of your vehicle, this will make it harder for thieves to get close enough to steal it.
  • If your catalytic converter is bolted on, you can ask your local garage to weld the bolts to make it more difficult to remove. You can also purchase a ‘cage clamp’ which is a caged device that locks around the converter to make it more difficult to remove.
  • You can also etch a serial number onto the converter to assist police should yours be stolen. Some garages will do this for you, and you will also be provided with a sticker to be displayed in your window indicating your catalytic converter is marked to deter offenders from targeting your vehicle.
  • For further security, you can speak to your dealership about the possibility of adding a tilt sensor that will activate the alarm should a thief try to jack the vehicle up to steal the converter.


Posted: 16/03/2021 08:08:00

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Event: Beating the Bounds Walk
Location: Minster, Ilminster

Details:
Rogationtide is the time of year just before Ascension Day when, in a tradition going back to the fifth century, we pray for a blessing upon the harvest and all of creation. ‘Beating the Bounds’ is a walk around the edges of a parish, at this time of year taking time to be thankful for all that we have and pray for our communities. This year we will be beating the bounds on 9th May leaving the Minster at 10am. We will walk in groups of six, which because of Covid restrictions cannot mingle, each with a leader and we will take time to pause and pray on the way. The walk is about 10 miles long and takes about 5-5 and a half hours – with a stop included. We are planning to take a break at slightly over halfway in the churchyard at St Mary’s, Whitelackington (where toilet facilities will be available). We hope to reach there at about 1-1.30pm so if you wanted to join us for the shorter half of the walk in the afternoon, this will be a good place to meet. Do bring a picnic lunch, any drinks and something like a coat to sit on. You will need to wear walking boots and do come prepared for the great British weather! The walk will go ahead unless there is torrential rain. If you would like to join us booking is essential via minsterbookings@ilminsterpc.org.uk letting us know whether you want to do the whole walk, the longer first half of the walk or the second half of the walk, so that we can allocate enough group leaders. Everyone is welcome.

Date: 09/05/2021
Time: 10am
Price: Free



Event: Ilminster Food Bank
Location: Minster Rooms, Ilminster

Details:
We are pleased to advise that FOOD BANK and FOOD SHARE will remain open as usual. During the COVID-19 pandemic referrals are not required. The FOOD BANK is open to anyone in need. If you need a food parcel during this time we would be pleased to help you. Please call the Minster Rooms. Wednesdays 10am to 12pm and Saturdays 10am to 12pm, during Food share. For further information or help with delivery please call Lydia Munday on 07713 727605 or 01460 54145. We ask all attending to adhere to social distancing and to wear face covering unless they are exempt. At the FOOD BANK fresh fruit and vegetable vouchers can be obtained for exchange at PB Fruits of Ilminster.

Date: 12/05/2021
Time: 10am to 12 pm
Price: Free



Event: Ilminster Food Bank and Food Share
Location: Minster Rooms, Ilminster

Details:
We are pleased to advise that FOOD BANK and FOOD SHARE will remain open as usual. During the COVID-19 pandemic referrals are not required. The FOOD BANK is open to anyone in need. If you need a food parcel during this time we would be pleased to help you. Please call the Minster Rooms. Wednesdays 10am to 12pm and Saturdays 10am to 12pm, during Food share. For further information or help with delivery please call Lydia Munday on 07713 727605 or 01460 54145. We ask all attending to adhere to social distancing and to wear face covering unless they are exempt. At the FOOD BANK fresh fruit and vegetable vouchers can be obtained for exchange at PB Fruits of Ilminster.

Date: 15/05/2021
Time: 10am to 12 pm
Price: Free


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