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Success with over 180 vehicle number plates secured at South Derbyshire events

Posted on 16th July 2014

Motorists have been taking advantage of securing their number plates after attending one of the free events recently held in South Derbyshire.

Following recent thefts of number plates across the area, neighbourhood teams have held several events to deter the crime from occurring in the first place.

The North West Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team who cover Hilton, Hatton and Etwall have now completed three events along with Safer South Derbyshire Partnership and the CVS Handy Van Scheme.

Together they have fitted over 139 cars with tamper proof screws free of charge.

Officers from the Melbourne neighbourhood team held an event earlier this month, again working with the partnership and CVS and 42 cars were fitted with the tamper proof screws.

PC Vic Ball from the Melbourne team said: “Tamper proof number plate screws are fitted to car registration plates in order to prevent criminals from stealing them and using the plates in crime.

“We had a great turnout and members of the public that attended thought that it was a great idea to deter criminals and keep crime down in the area.

“We have also had feedback from one vehicle owner on how good the tamper proof screws are, as he reported that thieves recently tried ‘unsuccessfully’ to steal his registration plate from the front of his vehicle but were unable to do so due to the fact tamper proof screws were in place.”

A further event is planned for Wednesday, August 13 between 3.30 – 6.30pm at Scropton Village Hall, Scropton Road. Bring your car along on the day and be fitted at no cost to you.

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