Residents have been warned about a spate of thefts targeting car parts across parts of Dorset.

Thieves have been stealing catalytic converters from cars in the north and east of the county, prompting officers to make a public appeal calling on residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.

Between Wednesday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 24 a total of 19 reports have been made to Dorset Police about the theft of the part from parked vehicles.

The thefts have been reported in Wimborne, Verwood, Alderholt, Ferndown, Shaftesbury and Gillingham.

Police Sergeant Tim Travers, of East Dorset police, said: “These thefts have had a significant financial and personal impact on the victims who have been left to foot the bill to pay for new ones to be fitted while not being able to use their vehicles. It would appear that in a number of the incidents Honda vehicles have been targeted.

“We have a full investigation underway to identify the person or people responsible for these thefts. Our enquiries have centered around checking household CCTV systems in the event the offender or offenders have been caught on camera.

“I would like to remind residents in these areas to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to Dorset Police. I am also keen to hear from any residents who may have captured anything relevant to my investigation on CCTV.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190148660. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via