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Old 07-10-2008, 06:13 PM
 
Location: dfw
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My license plate was stolen along with the registration stickers. How do I ensure that neither the license plates nor the stickers are stolen next time around? Would a license plate frame and cover help? Is it legal in CA (where I am from)?

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Old 07-10-2008, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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My license plate was stolen along with the registration stickers. How do I ensure that neither the license plates nor the stickers are stolen next time around? Would a license plate frame and cover help? Is it legal in CA (where I am from)?

Thanks
Definitely a BAD THING, jeevcy.

Actually, an Illegal Cover is not much help and will only give the cops an excuse to stop you, however, there are precautions available. The most security for the buck is a simple set of bolts that cannot be unscrewed without a special tool.

A couple more . . . connect the plate to an alarm and/or a "live wire" so the thief gets a mega-shock instead of the plate.

Good Luck
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:04 PM
 
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Torx screw are avilable for this at any hardware stroe. Bring the others with you.Traps like a hotwire are illeagl in most states.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:26 PM
 
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hehe try going to Fastenal and have them make you bolts for your liscense plate that require a custom tool to remove. You'll never get it stolen after that . lol oh and put some locktight on the threads as well. hehe
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Old 07-10-2008, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Traps like a hotwire are illeagl in most states.
You're probably right but I bet it would be lots of fun to watch!
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:51 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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You DID call the police, right? YOU BETTER ASAP!!!! More than likely by now they might be on some other innocent persons car. They use them for their getaway car then "ditch" them by swapping them out on another car. The unsuspecting souls don't have a clue till they MIGHT get stopped for having stolen plates. Right now w/ gas prices they use them while stealing gas.
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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You DID call the police, right? YOU BETTER ASAP!!!! More than likely by now they might be on some other innocent persons car. They use them for their getaway car then "ditch" them by swapping them out on another car. The unsuspecting souls don't have a clue till they MIGHT get stopped for having stolen plates. Right now w/ gas prices they use them while stealing gas.
Great point / advice, Momof2.

This is an obscure advantage to PLPs (Personalized License Plates) because they are less likely to be stolen.
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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Here in NV it is not unusual for the Sticker to be stolen and used on someones expired plates.

Use a sharp knife and make several cuts thru the sticker it makes it nearly impossible to remove without leaving one piece of the colored sticker on the plate.....this is enough for the police to verify that you did in fact have a sticker.....
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Old 07-11-2008, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Here in NV it is not unusual for the Sticker to be stolen and used on someones expired plates.

Use a sharp knife and make several cuts thru the sticker it makes it nearly impossible to remove without leaving one piece of the colored sticker on the plate.....this is enough for the police to verify that you did in fact have a sticker.....
Similar problem down here, dynimagelv.

Finally the Arizona DMV got smart and includes the actual License Plate Number to the little renewal sticker.
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:01 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Here in NV it is not unusual for the Sticker to be stolen and used on someones expired plates.

Use a sharp knife and make several cuts thru the sticker it makes it nearly impossible to remove without leaving one piece of the colored sticker on the plate.....this is enough for the police to verify that you did in fact have a sticker.....
Texas stopped doing those years ago because of that problem. They even had them w/ the cut "X" in them to prevent the lifting of them from the plates. Now it is a window sticker above the inspection sticker on the inside of the windshield.


One of our neighbors had their plates stolen. They noticed it the next day and called the police. A few days later an elderly lady was stopped for driving a car w/ "Stolen Plates". It was HER car but not HER plates. It was our neighobrs plates. She had no clue from what they said and was scared to death. Most people don't look at their plates on a daily basis much less know their number. So it is easy for the criminals to swap them out as they go along and keep rotating them. I'm sure a lot of people don't report stolen plates especially if it is a car they don't use often. Once the crook gets one set that is all they need to keep the "circle" going. People don't notice and therefore the police are not aware it is a problem and are not watching for it.

I like the idea of the screw/bolt that makes it hard to remove. I may just do that.
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