Salisbury catalytic converter thieves target Honda Jazz drivers

Salisbury catalytic converter thieves target Honda Jazz drivers

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:31am 28th July 2020.

3 minute read

Wiltshire Police say there's been a spate of incidents in the last week around the city, with the same type of car involved every time.

They're investigating four incidents that have been reported in the last week - two of them thefts and two attempted thefts.

Here's when and where the cases happened: 

  • Sometime between Wednesday 22nd July and Saturday 25th July - catalytic converter stolen from a Honda Jazz parked in Norfolk Road, Harnham. Witnesses reported seeing a male under the car who then drove off in a blue/grey Audi 
  • Friday 24th into Saturday 25th July - Attempt to remove a catalytic converter from a Honda Jazz in Maplecroft, Harnham. They failed to take it as they were disturbed in the process
  • Saturday 25th July - Catalytic converter stolen from a Honda Jazz in Harnwood Road, Harnham
  • Saturday 25th July - Suspect with a torch seen under a Honda Jazz in Orchard Road, Redlynch, A cutting noise was heard but they were disturbed and ran off before the converter was removed

PC James Barrett said: 

"We are investigating these crimes and are dealing with those owners affected. 

"We have noticed that the Honda Jazz model appears to have been targeted in the last few days and we would urge anyone with this type of car to try and be extra vigilant. 

"However we would also remind the public to been mindful when it comes to the safety of their vehicle - whatever the model."


Whether you drive a Honda Jazz, or any other car with a catalytic converter, there's some tips from Wiltshire Police that could help protect your vehicle:

  • 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
  • Park close to fences, walls or a kerb with the exhaust being closest to the fence, wall or kerb to make the theft 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 there is a fleet of vehicles, park the low clearance vehicles to block the high clearance vehicles - this will obstruct access underneath
  • If your catalytic converter is bolted on, you can ask for your local garage to weld the bolts to make it more difficult to remove.
  • Consider etching a serial number onto the converter
  • Purchase a 'cage clamp', which is a cage device that locks in around the converter to make it more difficult to remove
  • If you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle, report it to the police - obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations
  • If you have any information relating to incidents around the city, please call 101
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