Chesterfield motorists urged to remain vigilant after spate of number plate cloning

Police have encouraged drivers in Chesterfield to remain vigilant after they received reports of vehicle registration cloning across the town.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 3:29 pm

Officers were alerted to the issue in Chesterfield after a member of the public came forward with proof their vehicle’s number plates had been copied.

The resident became aware of the cloning after he received a speeding fine from an area that he had not been to and the description of the vehicle caught on camera did not relate to the true vehicle.

To tackle the problem, officers place a specialist sticker on each registration plate of the true vehicle and update the Police National Database with the incident.

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Officers place a specialist sticker on each registration plate of the true vehicle and update the Police National Database with the incident.

This means that when the true vehicle passes through an Automatic Number Plate Recognition Camera (ANPR), the car will alert police that it has been a victim of vehicle registration cloning.Police in Chesterfield have urged drivers to report any similar cloning incidents to the force by calling 101.

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