Your car is most probably your most valued possession. We are not, of course, only considering its retail value when we mean that. A car is considered to be a necessity, rather than a luxury item, these days. It has become an indispensable part of our lives as we have to deal with more than ever complicated schedules of dropping children off to school, driving ourselves to and from work and running errands on a daily basis. But, have you ever stopped to consider that your number plates are the weakest point of this very important contraption in your life? That’s right, stop and think of what comes to mind when you are asked about what you would do to secure your vehicle. There is a high chance that you will be thinking of the central locking system, your car alarm system and how and where you park your car every time you stop. Very few people consider their number plates to be a security risk and take the appropriate steps to ensure their safety.
But, all over the UK there has been a huge rise in the theft of number plates. Most of the stolen number plates are used to ‘clone’ a car to allow the further committing of crimes. The most common crime that is committed using stolen number plates is the theft of fuel at petrol pumps. If your plates were stolen, the thief could easily attach them to his car (which usually matches yours in type and color), fill up his tank of fuel and just drive away without paying. All the evidence, whether via security systems and/or personal witnesses, would be pointing towards your car. You need only imagine the implications of worse crimes and how it could make life difficult for you, to realize that it is about time you had your replacement number plates have the necessary security features built into them.
At present, there are some security features that can help you when you replace your old number plates with new ones:
- Some replacement number plate dealers have now come up with plates that shatter into pieces if any attempt to remove them is made. While it will still involve your having to pay for another set of replacement number plates, it will keep you safe from more serious crimes being committed that could cost you an incalculable price.
- A more common, and much cheaper, method of number plate theft prevention is achieved by way of anti-tamper screws that are provided by some police forces across the UK. For example, the Metropolitan Police supplies London residents with these tamper-proof screws. You can get a hold of them by contacting your local police Safer Neighborhood Teams.