Help to prevent catalytic converter theft 

The precious metal in catalytic converters has led to an increase in their theft within Uttlesford, with more than 40 cases reported in the district over the last six months. 

The Uttlesford Community Safety Partnership is holding a free catalytic converter marking session in Saffron Walden next month. In conjunction with Tread First, residents are invited to attend and have their catalytic converters marked by Tread First and registered by local community safety officers. 

Using Selectamark’s CAT Converter marking kit, catalytic convertors will be marked using a specially formulated metal etching compound and two highly durable, heat resistant labels that are uniquely numbered and impossible to remove in one piece. This will allow stolen CATs to be identified within seconds by police and scrap metal dealers once registered. 

The marking event will be held on Sunday 17 October, from 10am to 2pm, at Tread First, Shire Hill, Saffron Walden. 

The kits, which retail at about £25, are subject to availability. To register a vehicle, please send an email to and specify the time slot you would like to attend (10am to 12pm or 12pm to 2pm). Residents are welcome to drive in on the day without an appointment, although are encouraged to email prior to the day to guarantee a kit.