Motor insurance claims across the country could be reduced as the result of a new initiative. The Community Safety Partnership and local garages have teamed up in a bid to cut car crime in the locality.
Mechanics at UK garages have agreed to fit security screws to motorists' licence plates for free during MOT checks or routine services. An Inspector from the a local neighbourhood team said it was vital to crack down on thieves who target registration plates - as they often go on to use them in other criminal activity.
He explained when stolen plates are used to commit parking offences and thefts of fuel; it can prove very problematic for the legitimate owners. This crime has become a growing concern nationally. Despite car crime being generally down registration plate thefts have nearly doubled in the past five years.
"The screws will prevent plates from being stolen and will hopefully act as a deterrent too," he added.
The screws are tamper-proof. Once secured on the number plate, they cannot be unscrewed. The only way to remove the plate is to break it, meaning the thief cannot use it again in another crime. The screws therefore act as a strong deterrent.