Spate of car plate thefts in Mid Sussex and Crawley

County crime.
County crime.

Police in Mid Sussex and Crawley are investigating a spate of thefts of car index plates.

During July in Mid Sussex there have been 13 reports of index plates being taken, both front and rear in each case, from cars of all makes parked, usually during the evenings or overnight outside home addresses, in all parts of the district. There were six in East Grinstead and Turners Hill, five in Haywards Heath and nearby, and two in Burgess Hill.

In Crawley over the past three months there have been 30 reports of index plates being taken, both front and rear in each case, from cars of all makes parked, usually overnight outside home addresses, in all parts of the town. No one area has been particularly targeted.

So far there have been no arrests but enquiries are continuing and a police spokesperson said: “We don’t know the motive for these thefts, which may or may not all be linked, but we are keen to hear from anyone who has any information about the likely thieves. Please contact us via 101 if you can help. You can also call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 55 1111.

“If you spot any suspicious activity around parked cars, please call us straight away via 999.

“Meanwhile local car owners should consider fitting anti-tamper number plate screws. These are available at all good motoring equipment outlets, and we are also in the process of obtaining a supply for free issue to car owners, using funding kindly provided by our local multi-agency Crime Reduction Joint Action Group.”