Motorists are being invited to get their vehicle security into gear by being offered 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, Safer Neighbourhood officers from the Derby East policing section and Derby City Council’s crime prevention team, 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.
The teams will be fitting the screws and issuing crime prevention information at Sainsbury’s, off Osmaston Park Road, between 9.30am and 3pm on Monday April 28 and Friday May 2 between 9.30am and 2pm.
Inspector Andrea Parkin, who is in charge of policing Derby East section, said: “I hope members of the public will take up this offer. Number plate thefts are on the increase and this crime causes a lot of stress and inconvenience for the victims.
“It is a relatively quick procedure and fitting number plates with anti-theft screws makes it harder for the thief to remove them. It means that they will be forced to move on instead of targeting your car, van or bike.
“It’s an 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 the screws will be fitted. Motorists can also take the screws away and fit them themselves.
To find out more call the team on 101.