Swindon hospital workers among those who had catalytic converters stolen
NHS staff were among those who had their catalytic converters stolen during a frenzy at Great Western Hospital last week.
Police received five reports between 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23, alleging tampering with vehicles parked in the parking lot of Swindon Hospital.
PC Sean Magee blasted the “heartless acts” of thieves.
“Naturally, this caused considerable stress for the victims, some of whom were working in the hospital at the time of the incident, not to mention the financial implications and their ability to get to work while their vehicles were not in motion. for repair, ”he said.
“This is a heartless act targeting those who are at work helping the public in the midst of a pandemic and we will do all we can to bring those responsible to justice.
“Anyone who has seen the mentioned vehicle, seen suspicious behavior or has dash cam footage from the hospital parking lot on the day of these incidents is asked to call us on 101.”
He said a suspicious white car or van was seen in the parking lot around 3:20 p.m.
A spokesperson for GWH said: “These flights are extremely distressing for our staff, patients and visitors and we are working closely with Wiltshire Police to offer them as much support as possible, including CCTV footage from the day of the incident. ”
Tips for beating car thieves
In the wake of the thefts, Wiltshire Police urged people to think about the safety of parked and unattended cars and vehicles.
Tips from officers for car safety include:
- Park your car in a closed garage if possible, but if that is not an option, park it in a well-lit, well-populated area #
- If you park in a public parking lot, consider parking next to other cars or near a fence, wall, or sidewalk to make theft more difficult
- If your catalytic converter is bolted, you can have your local garage weld the bolts to make it more difficult to remove.
- Either engrave a serial number on the converter or purchase a cage clamp, a type of cage that is locked around the converter.
Anyone with information on flights at GWH is asked to call Wiltshire Police on 101.