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Theft of vehicle licence plates on the rise- RVIPF

- Public urged to secure plates on vehicles left on roadsides
February 1st, 2023 | Tags: licence plates theft upsurge police RVIPF Smyrna Brewley
Police are urging persons with disabled or inoperable vehicles along roadsides or in unsecured lots whether temporarily, or permanently to secure their licence plates. Photo:
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Police are urging persons with disabled or inoperable vehicles along roadsides or in unsecured lots whether temporarily, or permanently to secure their licence plates.

According to a press release from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) this morning, February 1, 2023, the Force has recorded an upsurge in theft of not one but both licence plates from vehicles left at unsecured locations.

Plates could be used on vehicles to commit crimes- Police

Road Town Chief Inspector Smyrna Brewley says these licence plates could easily be used on other vehicles to commit crime and evade detection from police and is advising vehicle owners to remove and secure their plates and all other easily removable items in and around the vehicle.

She is also advising persons to make a report to Police as soon as their licence plates are discovered missing.

Police are inviting persons with information on suspects stealing licence plates from vehicles to contact the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 368-9339.

18 Responses to “Theft of vehicle licence plates on the rise- RVIPF”

  • hard times (01/02/2023, 09:28) Like (3) Dislike (20) Reply
    Too hard to afford insurance then fees at DMV
  • Big business (01/02/2023, 09:46) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    The tourists buying them up
    • @Big business (01/02/2023, 12:35) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      I don't know why people would dislike your post. Actually it is true to some sense. Tourist do collect number plates. There are instances why they remove the plates from vehicles themselves or buy from people
      • Fix this Issue Fast Please (01/02/2023, 13:32) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
        They scan passengers when they return to the ship, so a metal detector should be able to turn up licence plates. Persons found guilty, including tourists, should be held accountable, even if it means them missing the ship back home.
      • @ “@Big Business” (01/02/2023, 17:29) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        Stop talking hogwash
  • Wendy (01/02/2023, 10:06) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    you only see law enforcement officers after crime was committed
    • Seriously Wendy? (01/02/2023, 20:21) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      You really expect to see the police before a crime is committed or while it is being committed Wendy? Is it not AFTER a crime is committed they should be present? And to think you got 12 bundur like you liking your post. SMDH
      • Wendy (02/02/2023, 00:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

        @ seriously wendy: @%$-wh!pe, when the cats away the mice will play u probably just reach my country. the police were always visible throughout this territory we have stop and search. The criminal have taken over shooting high day. The scooter riders just crazy in and out of traffic and where is law enforcement. take your head out of your @&& if you could and recognize what going down . The visibility of police send a message to the criminals

  • Ruttie (01/02/2023, 11:12) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope someone could please explain how these plates can turn a profit - what exactly is the catch here? Especially in a small country where nothing could hide?
  • uh (01/02/2023, 11:35) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Those people are selling those pleats to those tourist and this is no joke i see it happens at a resort and those ship that coming here so you officer's need to check those ship when thay come from toured this place is to slack when còmming to protect this place
    • Hmm (01/02/2023, 12:52) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Some of these tourist collect licence plates as their hobby. They are called Licence Plate Collectors and they collect them from all over the world. I only hope that the person at the resort didn't steal them to sell them to the tourist!
  • Peaches (01/02/2023, 11:55) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Why do you think they are stealing them? To commit crimes. That's why.
  • Tourist (01/02/2023, 19:00) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tourist not stealing in this upsurge its them hoodlums here walking about in out territory who dont have a job but are everyday dressing up in disguise like they do. Some even in office clothes looking professional but cant buy a bottle of water in the supermarket for 50 cents. You think I'm joking pay attention to your surroundings and observe what's happening. No work possibility no place to lay their heads and may even be illegal but blind man walking up in down in our streets trying to find a job even if it is for $5.00 there are people who know and are aiding this kind of foolishness in our territory.
  • HMMM (02/02/2023, 14:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    People are stealing them to do crime and it will get worse
  • lols (02/02/2023, 19:03) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Taxi man probably doing it to sell to tourists lmao

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