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Free number plate screws given out in crime prevention drive by police in Chesterfield

Posted on 13th June 2014

Free number plate screws given out in crime prevention drive by police in ChesterfieldResidents in parts of Chesterfield had the chance to pick up free security screws for number plates along with other items as part of a crime prevention drive by police.

Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams held events at Morrison’s on Chatsworth Road and the Tesco Extra store on Lockoford Lane.

The number plate screws are special ‘one way’ devices which simply replace the standard screws which are fitted to number plates to prevent it from being removed by a thief.

Other items including purse chains and bells and UV pens were also given out during the events on Friday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 11.

Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Mark Church said: “We’ve been offering these number plate screws, along with other crime prevention items, to help local residents reduce the potential of number plates being taken by offenders who may switch them onto another vehicle.

“They can then potentially commit crimes such as driving off from petrol forecourts without paying for fuel or are able to avoid speeding or parking penalties but having these fitted will make it much harder for the plates to be stolen.”

Sgt. Church added: “Events like this are a great opportunity for us to head out into the community and encourage motorists and residents to protect themselves from crime.

“It was a great success which saw many people increasing the security on their valuables to deter criminals, from picking up a purse chain to collecting anti-theft screws for their vehicle.”

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