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Pair arrested after Bromley officers recover three stolen catalytic converters

PUBLISHED: 16:42 21 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:42 21 November 2013

Bromley Police have issued a warning to residents, after two men were arrested on suspicion of stealing catalytic converters yesterday.

The pair were stopped by officers in Court Road, Orpington, at around 4.45pm, where three catalytic converters, bolt cutters, a hacksaw and an air pistol were recovered.

Both men, aged 27 and 19, from Sevenoaks, remain in custody at a south London police station.

Police in Bromley have released a number of handy tips to prevent any similar crimes occuring:

Garage your car whenever possible or park in well-lit busy areas.

Etching a catalytic converter with a serial number will help police link a stolen converter to a specific vehicle, and overtly advertising that a vehicle is protected by property marking may also deter offenders.

Park vehicles defensively - if you own multiple vehicles use those with the lowest ground clearance to block those with a higher clearance. If all your vehicles have a high clearance park them very close together.

Please be vigilant in your neighbourhood and report any suspicious activity straight away to your local neighbourhood team on 101, or if you believe a crime is in progress call 999.

If you would like to pass on information but wish to remain anonymous then call Crimestoppers on 0800-500-111.

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