Thames Valley Police has warned motorists in the county about an increase in the amount of number plate thefts.

The increase in this type of crime has been particularly seen in Cherwell and West Oxfordshire.

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According to research by the AA, there are around 25,000 number plate thefts every year.

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: “The easiest way to change the identity of a stolen vehicle or to avoid speeding and or parking tickets is to fit stolen number plates.

“Using security screws to attach your vehicles number plate makes it harder for thieves.

“If your number plate is stolen, please report it to us either online or via 101.”


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