New warning over number plate scam

A FURTHER series of car crime clinics is being held in a bid to prevent number plates being stolen.

From 10am to 1pm on Monday in the car park of Rochdale Infirmary, drivers can have secure screws fitted to their number plates free of charge.

Sergeant Brendan Walsh said there were 17 number plates stolen across the borough last month.

He added: "Offenders are stealing the number plates to clone cars to commit other crimes such as driving off from petrol stations without paying and robberies.

"Victims might not be aware of what has happened until speeding and parking tickets start arriving in the post.

"They can then have difficulty convincing authorities that it was not their car being used."

"I would urge people to attend the clinics, because having these screws fitted is a simple measure that will reduce the risk of cars being targeted and costs nothing."

Other clinics take place from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday 19 April at Asda, Dane Street and from 2pm to 5pm on Tuesday 5 May at the Infirmary car park.

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