Police in Horncastle have issued a warning to vehicle owners about an on-going problem of thefts of catalytic converters.
They are part of the exhaust system, designed to reduce carbon emissions in the environment.
They are valuable to thieves and vans, pick-up trucks and 4x4 vehicles are usually targeted as they are easier to access from underneath.
There have been reports of vehicles being targeted in Horncastle and Woodhall Spa.
The catalytic converter can be cut or unbolted in just minutes, leaving motorists with a hefty bill.
The advice to motorists is:
• Where possible, park your vehicle in a locked garage or in a parking spot overlooked by residents.
• Consider using a catalytic converter protection device or marking system.
Anyone who sees someone acting suspiciously under a vehicle should report it to police with as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations.
For more information call 101 and ask for your local Crime Prevention Officer, alternatively email email@example.com.