Beat the thief – have your ‘cat’ marked!

Across Sussex the number of catalytic converter thefts has increased with criminals stealing the catalytic converters for the precious metals contained within them – some of it can be worth more than gold.

This week Sussex Police officers are at garages across the county offering free catalytic converter forensic marking with SmartWater.

SmartWater is a liquid with a unique forensic code which is detectable under a UV light and can lead to the detection of crime and reunite people with their stolen property. All you need to do is go one of the garages listed below and your car’s catalytic converter will be marked.

To allow for social distancing and for garages to manage this effectively some are requesting you make a pre-booked appointment or they are allowing 15 minute time slots on arrival without an appointment. 

Please see the details of the local garages and who to contact if booking is required.

DivisionDate and timesGarageContact info/booking
East Sussex
Hastings and Rother
 Wednesday April 21st between 10am and 4pm by appointment only SLM Toyota St Leonards 3 John Macadam Way, Hastings, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN37 7SQCall Hastings front office on 101 and when prompted enter ext. 560280 or email
East Sussex
Hastings and Rother
Thursday 22 April between 11am and 1pm Friday 23 April between 11am and 1pmRye Performance and Motorsport, Rye TN31 7UTArrival between stated times. No appointment necessary
East SussexEastbourneThursday 22 April between 9am and 4pmHalfords Autocentre, Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne, BN23 6PJ Arrival between stated times. No appointment necessary

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