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Car Index Plate thefts on the rise

Alert message sent 14/04/2022 17:51:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Police covering Bracknell and Wokingham have noticed that the past week has seen an escalation in the number of sets of index plates that have been stolen from parked cars.

There does not appear to be any specific make or age of car that gets targeted, and the thefts have occurred both in residential streets and supermarket car parks..

Criminals have  a variety of reasons for stealing index plates of someone else's car, usually in order to fit to  a vehicle that they will go on to use in crime, or to evade speeding, parking or congestion zone fines.

Car dealers usually only fix index plates to cars with either double sided adhesive tape or standard screws, unfortunately these  enable a thief to easily peal the plates off or to unscrew the plates with a standard screwdriver. There is unlikely to be much noise made and the theft takes just a couple of minutes, and the victim is left with the inconvenience of having to obtain replacements, and possibly to deal with claims for speeding, parking etc..

To reduce the risk of your car been targeted and you been inconvenienced, you could,
  • Fix your plates with security screws, these are readily available for just a few pounds from car dealerships, car part stores such as Halfords or online. (to fit these screws you do not need any specialist tools, but they can not be removed)
  • fit a dashcam with motion activation that will record anyone walking up close to your car.
  • reverse into parking bays, or up against a wall or fence
  • avoid parking in unlit areas.
If you have any information about these thefts or have CCTV or Dashcam footage you are asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 101.  Should you not want to speak to a police officer or want to remain anonymous to contact the independent charity “Crimestoppers” on 0800 555 111.

For more advice on how to keep your vehicle safe, visit the Thames Valley Police website.

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Jon Morris (Police, Administrator, Bracknell)

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