Chudleigh Town Council
Chudleigh Town Hall, Market Way, Chudleigh, Devon TQ13 0HL
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Number plate theft

If you want to buy a set of number plates from a legitimate supplier you will have to present the vehicle registration document and prove who you are, so thieves often resort to stealing number plates from a car on the street or in the quiet corner of a car park.

Why do people steal number plates?

Number plates are stolen by people who don’t want to be found out when they commit certain crimes. These crimes include:

  • Speeding
  • Illegal parking
  • Not paying congestion charges
  • Driving away from a petrol forecourt without paying
  • Not paying for parking tickets or speeding fines
  • ‘Disguising’ a stolen vehicle.

Vehicles with stolen number plates have also been used in more serious crimes such as kidnap and robbery.

What are the benefits of theft resistant number plates?

The benefits of theft resistant number plates include:

  • Reducing the number of car owners faced with motoring related fines for something they didn’t do.
  • Preventing vehicle cloning (copying the identity of a similar vehicle) and reselling them to unsuspecting motorists.

What do I do if my number plates have been stolen?

If your number plates are stolen, the DVLA advises you to report the theft to the police. If you receive fines or correspondence after the theft, you should return them immediately to the issuing authority with an explanation and any documentary evidence.