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Motorists can get free security screws in police crime prevention drive

Posted on 29th May 2014

Drivers are being urged to pick up number plate security screws to protect their vehicles from being targeted by criminals.

Officers from Safer Neighbourhood teams in the Osmaston area of Derby will be on hand to fit the screws for free.

The event will be held at Sainsbury’s superstore, off Osmaston Park Road, Derby, from 10am to 2.30pm on Friday, May 30.

Police will be teaming up with staff from Derby Homes’ crime prevention unit to fit the screws, which make it difficult for criminals to remove number plates from vehicles.

Offenders steal plates and use them to hide the identity of other vehicles, which are then used to commit other crimes such as making off without paying for fuel.

Sergeant Simon Hawley, who leads the area’s Safer Neighbourhood teams, said: “By having these free screws fitted to your vehicle, you become less likely to be a victim of this crime.

“It is important that, if you are a victim of this crime, that you report the theft to police as soon as possible.

“This gives officers the chance to stop any vehicles bearing the stolen plates before they are involved in any offences.

“But these screws can make all the difference in stopping your number plates being stolen in the first place.”

To find out more, call the team on 101.

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