West Berkshire Police have issued the following warning to residents about catalytic converter theft.

Did you know a thief can take the catalytic converter from your car in a matter of minutes and leave you to foot the bill?

A catalytic converter is a device that helps to cut harmful emissions produced by your car. The device is made of precious metals that thieves often target in exchange for money at a scrap yard.

You can protect your vehicle by:

• Where possible, parking in a protected garage, or park in a location that restricts access to underneath your vehicle

• Consider security lighting and the installation of CCTV

• Mark your catalytic converter with a forensic marker and register your converter to make it harder for thieves to dispose of

• Speak to a mechanic to find out other ways you can protect your vehicle

Report any suspicious behaviour to police on online or by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.

See more crime prevention advice at: www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/