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Alert message sent 21/08/2019 13:22:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

A number of number plate thefts have been reported in the Enstone area.
Put simply, number plates are stolen to disguise criminals own cars, or cars they plan to use for criminal purposes.
****PREVENTION *****
Screw number plates on, number plates that are stuck on are easy to remove. You can make it even harder with number plate screws, which are like locking screws . Try and park your vehicle in a well lit area as close to where you are staying as possible. Look for car parks and areas with CCTV

**What to do if they are stolen**
If you do wake up to find your car’s number plates have been stolen then you must report the theft to the police as well as your insurance company.

The police will give you a crime number, which you need to retain in case the thief commits a crime and the police come knocking on your door to ask you about it – and don’t be too quick to throw the bit of paper with the number on away, either; there are reports that the thieves will hang on to the plates for years before getting round to using them…

The police are well used to dealing with crimes involving stolen number plates and cars that have been cloned, so there is no need for sleepless nights but the whole matter will disappear much more quickly if you can prove that they were stolen and you reported it at the time.

Thank you
Message sent by
Helen Keen (Police, PCSO, West Oxfordshire LPA)

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