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Police in Melbourne help drivers put the brake on number plate thefts

Posted on 25th June 2014

Police in Melbourne are helping motorists put the brake on number plate thefts.

They are offering drivers the chance to have anti-theft screws fitted to their vehicles for free at an event in Budgens car park in Melbourne.

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

This reduces the risk of number plates being stolen or cloned, and can prevent offenders from committing a crime which cannot be traced back to them.

PCSO Kerry Waite of the Etwall, Hatton and Hilton Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “While we don’t have a high number of number plate thefts, we want to help residents to reduce the risk of having their vehicles number plates cloned.

“The tamper proof screws are an extremely useful tool to help deter thieves and I would encourage local motorists to get their number plate fitted with the screws free of charge.”

The event will take place between 3.30pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday, July 2 and is being offered to all local residents, and all vehicles.

A further event is set to take place on Wednesday, July 9 at the Midway Inn Pub Car Park on Burton Road in Midway, Swadlincote also between 3.30pm – 6.30pm.

The screws will be fitted by the CVS Safer Homes staff.

Police will also be on hand to offer advice on all types of vehicle crime, and to speak to residents about any concerns.

For more information contact the team by calling 101, the non emergency number for Derbyshire police, or Chris Smith the Communities Manager from Safer South Derbyshire Partnership on 01283 595924.

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