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Drivers invited to turn the screw on number plate thefts

Posted on 8th November 2013

Police are inviting motorists to get their vehicle security into gear by offering free anti-theft number plate screws.

In recent weeks, reports of thieves removing number plates from cars, vans and motorbikes have risen.

To put a stop to the trend, officers from Safer Neighbourhood teams in the Derby East policing section will be giving out security screws to drivers for free.

The screws are designed to make it difficult for thieves to remove them and can reduce the chances of your number plates being stolen.

Safer Neighbourhood officers, together with the Crime Prevention Team, will be fitting the screws at Sainsbury’s, off Osmaston Park Road, from 10am to 3pm on Monday, November 11.

Sergeant Simon Hawley, who leads teams in Derby East, said: “Number plate thefts are on the increase and this crime causes a lot of stress and inconvenience for the victims. 

“Fitting number plates with anti-theft screws makes it harder for the thief to remove them and means that they will be forced to move on instead of targeting your car, van or bike.

“It’s a quick, easy crime prevention step drivers can take to protect themselves from opportunist criminals.”

Drivers simply have to visit the team at the supermarket throughout the day and officers will fit the screws. Motorists can also take the screws away and fit them themselves.

To find out more, call the team on 101.

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