Following multiple reports of catalytic converter theft, Wiltshire Police have issued guidance on how to prevent the crime.

:: The main piece of advice is to park your car in a locked garage but if that’s not an option then park in a well-lit and well-populated area.

:: Parking close to fences, walls or a kerb with the exhaust being closest in order to make the theft more difficult.

:: When parking in a public car park, police suggest parking alongside other cars and facing your bonnet towards the wall if possible.

:: It is also recommended that your catalytic converter is bolted on, which you are able to ask your local garage to weld the bolts in order to make it harder to remove.

:: Alternatively, you are able to etch a serial number on to the converter.

:: Drivers are able to purchase a cage clamp, a device that locks around the converter to make it more difficult to remove.

:: Finally, the police said that if you see someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle to report it to them and to obtain as much information as possible including vehicle registration.