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STEALM 4CRIME ? SCRWUP

Police are holding Safer Plate initiatives following three months of increased licence plate thefts across the Hutt Valley.

Licence plate thefts in the Hutt Valley have doubled since June, resulting in police patrols watching for criminal activity around vehicles, monitoring crime hotspots, and carrying out mandatory checks on commonly targeted vehicles as they crack down on this criminal activity.

Most thefts have been in Petone and the Lower Hutt CBD, with a smaller number of thefts in Taita and Upper Hutt.

“It is upsetting and inconvenient for members of our community to be victims of this type of crime,” said Sergeant Kylee Cusin of Hutt Valley Police.

She recommended that car owners should park cars inside their property, if possible, rather than on the street, and only park in well-lit and busy locations.

Hutt Valley police will be holding Safer Plate initiatives with the support of local businesses and Community Patrols New Zealand, showing the public how licence plates can be affixed with anti-theft screws.

Licence plates are stolen to be reaffixed to stolen vehicles used to commit further offences, usually petrol drive-offs, but also burglaries and robberies.

Police are keen to hear anything from the public regarding licence plate thefts.

Members of the community are asked to report any suspicious activity they see around vehicles to give Police the best chance of catching offenders.

This can be done anonymously by phoning 0800 555 111, or directly phoning your local police station.