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NUMBER PLATE THEFT

Theft-resistant car number plates

How to combat 'cloning' and other crimes

If you want to buy a set of number plates from a legitimate supplier you'll have to present the vehicle registration document and prove who you are, so thieves often resort to stealing number plates from a car on the street or in a quiet corner of a car park.

With so much enforcement by CCTV or ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) stolen plates can be used to disguise another car to aid crimes like:

  • Changing the identity of a stolen car so it can be sold
  • Ram-raiding or burglary
  • Driving from petrol stations without paying
  • Evading congestion charges, parking and speeding fines

Number plates

If the number plates are stolen from your car you should report it to the police straight away – you might start receiving parking fines, speeding fines or worse. 

Number plate theft is a big problem and rates have more than doubled in the last five years. 

How to protect your plates

  • Use a garage at night if you can
  • Park in busy, well-lit areas if you have to park on the street
  • Use safe, well-lit public car parks
  • Consider using security screws which can be turned easily using a screwdriver to fit them but can’t be undone using normal tools.
  • Consider using theft-resistant number plates which may cost a little more but are designed to resist known attack methods and will break apart if someone tries to remove them by force.

Be a good citizen

If you see another car with a number plate missing or with different plates front and back you can report it on 101, the police non-emergency number.

3 February 2017