Police turning the screw on number plate thieves

Chief Inspector Steve Thomas
Chief Inspector Steve Thomas

Police in Calderdale are set to tighten up on number plate theft.

They will be hosting sessions at locations across the district next week where they will fit free number plate screws and hand out crime prevention stickers for vehicles.

The sessions will be held on Wednesday, May 7 - Scotts Garage, Mytholmroyd, from 10am to 12pm and Tesco Express, Ovenden, from 2pm to 4pm - and Thursday, May 8 - the Shell Garage, Salterhebble, from 10am to 12pm, and the Shell Garage, Bradford Road, Brighouse, from 2pm to 4pm.

Chief Inspector Steve Thomas, of Calderdale Police, said: “By securing your vehicle’s registration plate you are making life very much more difficult for thieves.

“It doesn’t take very long to fix the screws but they are very effective.

“And the stickers have been proven to help deter thieves as well, for examples those that tradespeople can stick to their vans saying that “no tools are left overnight.”

“A thief is far less likely to break into a vehicle if there is nothing there for them to take.

“Crime prevention advice helps to make a difference - so far in the Calderdale District there has been a 16 per cent reduction in fuel thefts compared to the same period last year.

“We will do what we can but we ask people to follow simple preventative advice and that is what these sessions are all about.”