Witness appeal following assault and possible attempted catalytic converter theft in Nutfield
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We are appealing for witnesses following a report of an assault and attempted theft of a catalytic converter on Thursday (2 December).
Officers were called to Church Hill in Nutfield shortly before 6pm after four men, believed to be carrying a jack, were seen standing by a green VW Golf parked on the road.
When confronted by the owner of the vehicle, the situation became aggressive and an altercation took place. The owner of the vehicle suffered minor injuries and his car was damaged before he could drive away. The men are believed to have left in a white VW Golf and may have been targeting the vehicle for its catalytic converter.
Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time or who has any further information or dashcam footage.
The first suspect is described as White, around 30 years old, and approximately 6ft 4 tall. He was wearing black cap and hoody, dark grey tracksuit bottoms and light-coloured trainers. He was wearing a surgical mask over his nose and mouth.
The second suspect is described as Asian, slim and 5ft 9 tall wearing black clothing with light coloured trainers. He had a northern accent.
The other two suspects are described as White and wearing all black clothing. One of them was approximately 5ft 10 tall with a large build.
If you can help in any way, please send us a direct message on Surrey Police’s Twitter or Facebook pages, contact us through the chat at www.surrey.police.uk or call 101, quoting PR/ 45210127526. If you would like to report a piece of information without leaving your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The owner of the vehicle believes the men may have been targeting his vehicle for its catalytic converter.
We are urging members of the public not to challenge catalytic converter thieves, but to call police immediately rather than put themselves at risk.
Here are some ways you can protect your vehicle from catalytic converter theft:
Make sure your car has an anti-tilt alarm that will go off if the vehicle is physically moved.
Use a property marking kit or consider ID etching. Etching a serial number onto your catalytic converter will help police identify as stolen if recovered after a theft. Overtly advertising that the catalytic converter has been marked (through use of window stickers, for example) can also act as a deterrent, as marked catalytic converters are harder to sell on at reputable scrap metal dealers. You can find more information on etching at retainagroup.co.uk
Consider welded bolts for 'bolt-on' catalytic converters to slow thieves down.
Install CCTV that overlooks your car if you park on a driveway or road that can be accessed by cars or pedestrians.
Choose car park spaces that are close to buildings like hospitals and supermarkets, so your car is more visible and suspicious activity more easily detectable.