More than 560 registration plates stolen in past 12 months

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Police officers and technicians from Halfords Autocentres will be working together this weekend as part of an initiative to tackle the theft of registration plates.

They will be visiting four supermarkets in Northampton, Kettering and Wellingborough on Saturday and Sunday to offer drivers a vehicle safety check and the chance to have tamper-proof screws fitted to their car registration plates for free.

The vehicle safety checks and fitment of tamper proof number plate screws will be available on:

Saturday, March 16, from 10am until 4pm at:

– Tesco, Clannell Road, Northampton

– Sainsbury’s, Westgate Industrial Estate, Northampton

Sunday, March 17, from 10am until 2pm at:

– Tesco, Carina Way, Kettering

– Morrisons, Oxford Street, Wellingborough

The events are part of Operation Guardian, the force’s countywide operation to reduce burglary and vehicle crime.

They aim to promote road safety and prevent the theft of vehicle registration plates – which are often used in criminal activity.

Vehicle crime lead for Northamptonshire Police, Detective Inspector Ali Farr, said: “In the past 12 months, we have had 564 reported incidents of registration plate theft, which is a rise of 22 per cent compared to the previous year.

“Working in partnership with Halfords at these events gives us a great opportunity to tackle the increasing number of registration plates being stolen, which could potentially save motorists money and a lot of inconvenience, while at the same time offering motorists a free and convenient vehicle safety check.

“We continue to carry out operations across the county to apprehend offenders but we are keen to provide measures to prevent motorists becoming a victim of vehicle crime.”

For more information on keeping your vehicle safe and secure visit www.halfordsautocentres.com and www.northants.police.uk/crimeprevention.