New Hope Police See Increase in Stolen License Plates
The New Hope Police Department is seeing an increase in stolen license plates. Officials say license plates are often swiped so criminals can hide their identity while they commit other crimes.
According to Nichole Korth, New Hope’s crime prevention specialist, six plates were stolen from April 1 through April 15. Officer Korth also says thieves stole two catalytic converters. Officer Korth suggests residents “park inside a secure garage or add security screws to replace standard ones that are used to attach license plates.”
Security Screws Make It Difficult To Remove License Plates
“Security screws make it more difficult to remove because tools are needed to take off plates, said Korth. “Check your local hardware store to see what’s available.”
Police want residents to keep an eye out in the community for suspicious activity around vehicles and give them a call if your license plates are stolen.
If your license plates are stolen, you can buy new plates through the Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services Department. Doing this will make your stolen plates no longer valid.
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