BRAZEN thieves have targeted a car at the Alexandra Hospital, as police warn there has been a huge rise in car crime.

The catalytic converter was removed and stolen off a Ford pickup vehicle parked in the car park area.

The incident happened on February 3.

Police have said there has been a rise in catalytic converters being stolen from cars, due to a rise in the value of the precious metals they contain.

PC Dale Tomkins said: “Thieves tend to target vehicles such as vans and 4x4s that have a higher ground clearance making the converters more easily accessible. However, all types of vehicles are vulnerable.

“Please help us tackle this crime by taking steps to reduce the chances of your vehicle being targeted.

“We need to know about any suspicious activity around parked vehicles. Please contact us on 101 with any information about what is happening in your area.”

Police in Redditch are also warning residents to be on their guard following a spate of incidents earlier this week.

Officers received five reports of thefts from cars in the Walkwood, Callow Hill, and Astwood Bank areas of Redditch, taking place overnight on February 9 and 10.

The items reported as stolen were handbags, documents and keys.

People are being urged to report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the Police on 101.

Information can also be given anonymously to the Independent Charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website.