Police are concerned about the increase in the number of licence plate thefts after a recent spate in Tauranga.
Constable Leanne Fairbairn says the increase is linked to petrol thefts from service stations and other crimes as offenders use them to disguise their vehicles.
Licence plate thefts are on the increase as offenders use stolen plates to disguise vehicles.
“Periodically we have times were it happens regularly and then slows down and happens again.
“We’ve had a few lately. It’s not new, it’s happened for quite some time, but we seem to see an increase in it when petrol prices increase and things start getting a bit tough.”
Leanne says community patrols are holding tamperproof screw days, in which screws which cannot be undone by a regular screwdriver are fitted onto registration plates.
“All of our community patrols are running this day - not together - but in their separate station area.
“It’s just a proactive crime prevention initiative to try and curb the number of number plate thefts.”
Contact your local community patrol or police station for more information on when and where the days will be held.