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Old 05-23-2008, 10:27 PM
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Check your license plate

Keep an Eye on your license plate.
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>> A woman said her son found his license plate missing so he called the
> police to file a report.
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>> They told him people were stealing the plates to get free gas. Given
> the rise in gas prices, people have
>> taken to stealing license plates, putting them on their car, then
> getting gas and running. The gas station will have "your" license plate
> # and you could be in trouble for "pump and run." Check your car
> periodically to be sure you still have a plate. If you should find it
> missing, file a report immediately!!! Keep an eye on your license plate!
> Make sure you always know it's there!
>> When the license plate is reported as the "drive off vehicle,"
>> it's YOU they contact! Be aware!!!! Be aware of your license plates,
> most of us never look to see if the plates are there or not.
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:33 PM
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Wow that's scary.

Hey up here there's alot of people myself included that do scrapping, collect scrap metal ($240 a ton for anything, copper and aluminum are more, Carbide is $6.50 a pound! But very hard to come by. $20 for a starter, $140 for a Catalytic Converter. Good money!) Anyway, of course there are thieves, but I thought it was bad when people steal kids bikes off the porch and CATS off of parked cars and big job blocks from machining companies n' sh!t but it's literally come to there is a cemetery in Bay City that was raided, they stole 98 headstone vases cause they were copper and bronze weighing in at up to 10 bucks a piece...

It's gettin bad.
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:14 PM
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you see what people resort to when diesel is 4.60 a gallon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-24-2008, 03:02 AM
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Amazing what folks will do. There were 200 cemetary vases stolen here in the Upstate recently.

I saw a statistic this week where there have been less drive-offs in this area than a few years back. Increased security cameras and "pay before u pump" has helped a lot.
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Old 05-24-2008, 05:39 AM
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Wow that's crazy. I have a custom plate that says SMKSTAX on the back and i was thinking of drilling a hole through the bumper and either putting a bolt on with loctite or getting one of those straight pin trailer locks so no one would steal my plate.
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Old 05-24-2008, 05:57 AM
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The law enforcement had to recently really crack down on the scrap businesses. We have had several incidents where abandoned or in renovation buildings have caught fire because of people stealing the copper piping and accidently setting the buildings on fire with their cutting torches.

The really weird one is, a couple of weeks ago, we had an outbreak of storm sewer grates stolen. Like over 50 or 60. They were stealing the grates and taking them the local scrap yards.
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Old 05-24-2008, 06:39 AM
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I bought license plate screws at Autozone that have a funny shaped head and you need their special tool to remove them. They only cost like $4. I think it will make a thief skip my rig and move on.
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Old 05-24-2008, 06:51 AM
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the sherriffs dept up here had tamper proof plate screws, i dont know id they still do but they were free im gonna see if they got more. why the hell do people find it lucrative to steal from a cemetery. we have this problem alot! not the vases yet but im gonna keep an eye out!
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Old 05-26-2008, 03:56 PM
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Even if they steal your plate, you're off the hook when they find your plate missing from your vehicle and when plate ABC### that's on a red honda doesn't match to the registration for a big pickup......
I'm just a little more worried about getting my two 30+ gallon (van & truck) tanks siphoned than my plate getting jacked.......
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Old 05-26-2008, 04:07 PM
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How many of you can pull up to a pump and get them to just turn it on?

There aren't any gas stations that I know of that do this anymore. They are ALL pre-pay...which completely stops all drive offs.
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