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More than 100 motorists get in gear and drive off with secure number plates

Posted on 14th November 2013

A campaign to help drivers protect their vehicles from number plate thieves saw officers fit more than 100 cars with anti-theft screws.

Police from Safer Neighbourhood teams in the Derby East area pulled up at Sainsbury’s, off Osmaston Park Road, to fit the security screws for free.

About 30 sets of the screws were also given to motorists who wanted to fit them at home.

It comes after a recent rise in reports of registration plates being stolen from parked cars across the area.

The security screws, which were fitted and given out during the event on Monday, November 11, are very difficult to tamper with and can deter would-be thieves.

Sergeant Simon Hawley, who leads teams in the area, said: “It was really pleasing to see such a positive take-up from drivers on the day.

“Having these screws fitted for free really is a no-brainer because they can stop you or your vehicle from being targeted by thieves.

“That quick step saves a lot of hassle and I hope as many or more drivers will take up the offer when we run a similar campaign in the future.”

The screws were funded by police and partners including Derby City Council.

To find out more, call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.

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