How to Protect Your License Plate From Theft

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Identity theft is a major issue. License plate theft is an example of a criminal stealing your identity. License plate security is important whether you are home, at work, or out with your family. If your plates are stolen and you do not report it right away, you could wind up a suspect in a major crime. Most license plates and cars do not come with built-in security for plates. Take proactive measures to protect your license plate and keep your identity safe.

  • Park your car in a well-lit parking area near other cars. Avoid parking in deserted areas. This will deter criminals from thinking about stealing your plates. It will also increase the chances of a witness to anyone trying to steal them.

  • Purchase a special screw kit for your license plate. These kits contain screws that can only be installed or removed with a special tool, making the plates nearly impossible to remove by a criminal. There are also kits that include decorative plate frames and screws which work the same way. The kits are available for purchase at your local automotive store.

  • Install a vehicle alarm. A security system that sounds a loud alert when contact is made with the car will help deter criminals from stealing your plates and/or your vehicle. Your local automotive security store will be able to help you choose the right alarm for your car and needs.

Tips & Warnings

  • Park your car in a garage when home, if possible.
  • If your plates are stolen, report it immediately. This will shorten the tie window criminals have to commit violations in your name.
  • Check with your state's DMV or local law enforcement regarding certain decorative license plate frames (such as neon lights). Some states have restrictions.

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