We have received this from the police.
NUMBER PLATE THEFT Motorists in Bath are being urged to protect their car's identity and help prevent vehicles being used for criminal activity by taking advantage of a completely free scheme being offered by Allen Ford. As part of Operation Relentless, Allen Ford and Allen Kia on Lower Bristol Road, Bath, are working with Police on Wednesday 7th March to alert motorists to the increase in number plate thefts and are offering free fitting of anti-tamper number plate screws to help stop criminals in their tracks. Crime Prevention Design Advisor, Beth Shire from Avon and Somerset Police said: "Criminals often steal number plates from the cars of law abiding citizens in an attempt to conceal their identities and commit crime undetected. This could range from simple theft of petrol from petrol stations and road tax evasion through to far more serious crimes such as robberies, burglaries and drug dealing." "This is a great free collaboration from Allen Ford, Allen Kia and Avon and Somerset Constabulary. We would recommend that members of the public take advantage of the offer on Wednesday. Using tamper proof screws is a great way to protect your car's number plate from thieves." Speaking of the campaign, Allen Thomas, General Sales Manager at Allen Ford, Bath, said: "Swapping standard screws for the anti-tamper variety is a very quick, yet effective way to deter number plate thieves and we are very pleased to be able to provide this free service to local motorists." Car owners interested in having their car's number plates fitted with free anti-tamper screws should visit Allen Ford/Allen Kia on Lower Bristol Road, Bath, between 9-5pm on Wednesday, 7th March. For further information, please contact Allen Ford on 01225 402 247. Also some additional stats . . . 40,000 number-plates are stolen from cars in the UK every year - and rising - that's one every 15 minutes on average In Bath number-plate theft is on the up with 49 reported crimes between April 2011 and January 2012. However theft from vehicles in general has decreased by 21%. . . . If you are the legitimate owner of the number plate the onus is on YOU to PROVE that it wasn't you who committed any crime! If your number plate is stolen you should report it to the Police immediately.