Police are warning owners and drivers of Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans to park them in locked garages, if possible.
The warning comes after a spate of catalytic converter thefts from the vehicles overnight. The converters for the vans can be stolen without the need for cutting them from the vehicles.
Overnight Monday to Tuesday, June 24 to 25, catalytic converters were removed from Sprinter vans in Brunswick Road, Eastleigh; Stoke Heights, Fair Oak; and Ascot Road, Horton Heath. The thefts occurred between 6.30pm Monday and 5 and 7am Tuesday.
Similar thefts have been reported in Andover.
Anyone who saw suspicious activity overnight in any of the areas where theft occurred is asked to contact the Targeted Patrol Team at Eastleigh on 101
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