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Theft From Motor Vehicle - Vehicle Registration Plates

Crime Alert

Dear Residents,

Police have seen an increase in reports relating to the theft of vehicle index plates from cars and commercial vehicles across the Waterlooville area.


Stolen index plates may be used to aid secondary crimes such as theft of fuel from forecourts (bilking), avoidance of congestion charges and parking fines, vehicle cloning and burglary.

If you have found that your vehicle registration plates have been stolen please report this immediately by phoning 101 or alternatively reporting online via the “Report portal”:  https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/.


Any unreported index plate thefts could result in victims receiving summonses for unpaid parking and speeding tickets, or may even be questioned by police in connection with more serious crimes. To avoid this please report any theft incidents of this type.


Crime prevention:

  • Park your car in a garage at night or park to prevent access to either front or rear number plate.
  • Park in a safe public car park.
  • If parking on a public road, park in a well-lit spot.
  • Use theft resistant number plates, which are designed to break apart if they are forcibly removed from a vehicle.
  • Fit security screws. Simple anti-theft devices can be easily fitted with a screwdriver in place of existing screws, but cannot be removed using standard tools (use correct security screws appropriate for the pre-existing number plate screw size and application).
  • Ask members of the public to contact police if they notice a car with different number plates on the front and the back of the vehicle.

    Yours faithfully

    Waterlooville Neighbourhood Policing Team


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    Carl Boxall
    (Police, PCSO, Waterlooville South NPT)

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