This is a message to all motorists living in Harborough District from Harborough Police.
Almost 80 motorists have reported number plates being stolen in less than three months in South Leicestershire.
Police believe the majority are being used to cover the thieves’ own number plates before they fill up with fuel and drive off without paying.
Since the beginning of April, 25 number plates have been reported stolen in Blaby, 20 in Harborough, 19 in Hinckley and Bosworth, and 14 in Oadby and Wigston.
Sergeant Phil Tebbs, South Area intelligence co-coordinator for Leicestershire Constabulary, said: “This has become an increasing problem in recent months, and now makes up the majority of thefts from vehicles.
“We believe most of them are being used by people who are trying to avoid paying for fuel – they are committing one theft to help them commit another.
“I would appeal to anyone who sees someone interfering with a car to call us straight away.”
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Over the same period, there have also been more than 40 catalytic converters stolen (18 in Hinckley, 9 in Blaby, 8 in Oadby and Wigston, and 7 in Harborough). These are part of the vehicle’s exhaust system, and have to be cut away from the underside of the vehicle. Most offences have taken place in car parks.
Anyone with information about this type of crime should contact Leicestershire Constabulary on 0116 222 2222, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. If you see someone interfering with a vehicle, report it immediately on 999.
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