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Drivers roll up for free security screws as part of anti-theft campaign

Posted on 5th December 2013

A campaign to protect motorists from number plate thieves saw an extra 60 drivers have special security screws fitted to their vehicles.

Over the past few weeks, Derbyshire police and Derby City Council have been teaming up to fit the anti-theft screws for free.

The screws make it difficult for number plates to be removed from cars intact and can deter thieves from targeting a vehicle altogether.

Offenders who steal number plates sometimes use them on other vehicles to hide their own registration while committing crimes.

To help protect drivers, officers from Alvaston Safer Neighbourhood Team and crime prevention staff from Derby City Council offered to fit the screws for free at Dunelm, in Ascot Drive.

Sergeant Simon Hawley, who leads the Safer Neighbourhood team, said: “Recently we have seen a slight increase in number plate thefts across the area so we have been offering these screws to help protect people.

“They can actually put criminals off targeting a particular vehicle if they see it as anything other than an easy target.

“At this event, more than 60 cars had the screws fitted and that’s fantastic news because it means more and more motorists are now less likely to become victims of crime.”

During the security event, which was held throughout the day on Thursday, November 28, about 40 drivers were signed up to the force’s free messaging service, Derbyshire Alert.

To find out more and to sign up to the service for free, visit www.derbyshirealert.co.uk.

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