Car number-plate thefts

PUBLISHED: 14:47 27 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 06 May 2010

A SHARP rise in thefts of car number plates is baffling police who are struggling to understand what they are being used for. Since the start of September there have been 42 number plates stolen in the St Albans district and nearly 50 in Hertsmere. Police

A SHARP rise in thefts of car number plates is baffling police who are struggling to understand what they are being used for.

Since the start of September there have been 42 number plates stolen in the St Albans district and nearly 50 in Hertsmere.

Police think the plates may be stolen for bilking offences (stealing petrol), avoiding the congestion charge and young people using them on skateboards.

But central area detective chief inspector Mike Marren said: "We know that less than a quarter of stolen number plates are subsequently used in crime but we cannot understand why the majority of number plates are being taken. In many cases, both the front and rear number plates are being taken."

He urged anyone with information on the thefts to contact the police on 0845 33 00 222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Drivers are advised to use their garages, park in well-lit areas and buy tamper-proof security screws to make the number plates more difficult to steal.

More news stories

A major St Albans business is putting aside money to stockpile food in case of a no-deal Brexit.

07:41

The decision on whether to allow stables to be built on a community meadow in St Albans has been deferred by the council’s planning referrals committee.

Yesterday, 17:00

A teenager who painted an iconic St Albans landmark has created popular Christmas cards of the designs.

Yesterday, 12:00

Personal debt levels in Harpenden rose by 11 per cent in the three months leading up to October.

CountryPhile

Recently we, as a family (minus two of the kids), visited The Lodge RSPB reserve in Sandy, Bedfordshire. I had never been before, which is perhaps amiss of me as a birdwatcher as it is the headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds or RSPB and only 45 minutes drive from home.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition
Zoo Watch CountryPhile

Newsletter Sign Up

Herts Advertiser weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read stories

Show Job Lists

Herts Most Wanted Herts Business Awards