POLICE are urging people to be vigilant after seven catalytic converters were stolen in one night in Rutland.
Theives struck over Thursday night, taking the valuable metal car parts from 4x4 vehicles in Barleythorpe, Cottesmore, Empingham, Great Casterton, Langham, Oakham and Uppingham.
The vehicles targeted were Ford Rangers, Isuzu, Land Rover Freelander and Mitsubishi models.
Rutland police inspector Kam Mistry said: “I would like to appeal to the owners of 4x4 vehicles in Rutland to be vigilant to where they park them.
“If they can park them out of the way then please do so.
“We are looking for the support of the public to report any suspicious vehicles in their area. They might not be big vans-they could be small cars.
“If you see anything suspicious get the vehicle registration, the car description and a description of the driver.”
Due to the scrap value of metal this crime is on the increase and the police are working with surrounding forces and scrap dealers to target criminals.
It follows a spate of catalytic convert thefts in the Bourne area.
On Friday last week, a converter was taken from a Mitsubishi Warrior 4x4 in Saxon Way, Bourne. Catalytic converters were taken from a Mazda 4x4 in Main Road, Dyke; a Ford Ranger in Sempringham Fen, Billingborough and a Land Rover in Pointon Road, Billingborough, all on Tuesday night.
Another vehicle, a Land Rover, was also targeted in Queensway, Pointon, but the thieves were disturbed and escaped in a dark coloured Jaguar.
A Toyota Hilux 4x4 was targeted between 7pm on Wednesday and 6.40am on Thursday last week, while parked in Beaufort Drive, Bourne.
To report a suspicious vehicle call police on 101.