WPD provide solution to increasing license plate thefts

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The Wichita Police Department is offering free security screws for license plates in some areas of the city.

Patrol West purchased sets of license plate security screws for residents in the west and north parts of Wichita. Those were areas identified as problem areas with license plate thefts.

"License plate thefts are a little bit different because you can't just lock up the car. Someone can go behind the car and steal the plate. So, it took a little while to come up with a potential solution," said Geoffrey Vail, crime analyst.

The solution is a set of four screws with a special bit. 

"We're trying to help them out by alleviating that problem for them, so maybe in the future, their license plate won't get stolen and they won't have that hassle," said Officer Roddy Winder.

Since the beginning of the year (until October 1), there were 1,285 thefts of plates. During the same period in 2018, there were 945 thefts of plates.

The total number of stolen plates in 2018 was 1,349.

For the last two weeks, officers have been giving them to managers of apartment complexes to give to residents.

"Apartment complexes are very appreciative getting these new screws, so they can hand them out and make sure their residents are having property, especially their license plates, be secured," said Officer Brent Johnson. 

To learn more about this initiative, contact Patrol West at (316) 350-3460 or Patrol North at (316) 350-3400.

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