Drivers urged to secure number plates with new free scheme

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Police are teaming up with Lutterworth MOT Centre and Harborough Autos to offer free fitting of anti-theft screws for number plates.

It follows an increase in number plate thefts in the area.

Police say the stolen plates can be used by criminals to avoid congestion charges, get away with speeding and illegal parking, disguising a stoeln vehicle or driving away from fuel stations without paying.

The clutch head security screws have a ‘one way’ design which makes them far more difficult to remove and can be fitted as a replacement to the number plate screws which dealerships fit as standard.

Inspector Paul McKinder, of Harborough police, said: “Number plates are often stolen by criminals who fit them to their vehicles to evade detection during a crime where a vehicle is used.

“I would advise motorists to report the theft of a number plate to the police immediately or you could run the risk of becoming falsely implicated in criminal activity. It will also allow us to identify and investigate promptly any offence committed by the vehicle bearing the stolen number plates.”

James Inder of Lutterworth MOT Centre said: “Vehicle crime is a serious problem and hopefully these safety screws will reduce vehicle crime substantially.”

PCSO 6081 Matt McDade, who arranged the initiative, said: “Vehicle crime is common, and the occurrence of the theft of number plates recently is increasing. Offering the public a way to help secure their number plates will hopefully reduce crime in these areas.”

The screws are fitted during opening hours free of charge at:

Harborough Autos, 1 Grenville Gardens, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 9PT. Tel: 01858 434076 and Lutterworth MOT Centre, Unit 5 Turnpike Close, off Bilton Way, Lutterworth, Leicestershire. LE17 4YB. Tel: 01455 557001.