Dudley drivers offered free service to tackle numberplate theft
5 March 2012
MOTORISTS across Dudley can prevent themselves from becoming a victim of crime as Operation Kadence rolls into town to tackle numberplate and fuel thefts.
Dudley Police are working with local businesses and garages as part of the forcewide operation.
Operation Kadence, launched at in November 2011, sees officers working alongside representative of Halfords Auto Centre to fit tamper proof screws to vehicles free of charge. Motorists are invited to attend action days where local residents can simply drive by and ask for the screw fitting service.
Local residents and businesses can pop along to the Tesco Superstore near Burnt Tree Island on Saturday 17 March, between 12pm and 4pm, and meet officers from Dudley's Proactive Next Steps team to get tamper proof screws fitted free of charge.
Sergeant Mick Wennen, leading Operation Kadence across the Dudley borough, said: "This initiative will address the issues of people driving off without payment at petrol stations - an offence known as bilking.
"We have seen a sharp rise over the past year or so in the number of thefts of vehicle registration plates, which is believed to be linked to various criminality and with the high price of fuel they are thought to be used by people driving off without paying for their petrol or diesel.
"If you want to help protect yourself from number plate theft pop down to one of these events, or visit the main Halfords Auto Centres in Stourbridge or Halesowen and ask a member of staff to fit the tamper proof screws to your vehicle as part of this crime deterring initiative".
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