License plate theft in Houston on the rise after statewide changes, police say

ABC 13, By Chaz Miller, Apr. 19, 2023

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Police told ABC13 they're noticing an uptick in the number of license plates being stolen from vehicles across the city as a result of statewide changes to paper plates.

Those changes were intended to make paper ones harder to forge, which criminals were regularly doing to commit crimes with untraceable license plate numbers.

Statistics from the Houston Police Department show there were 516 license plates stolen in the first three months of this year, as compared to 355 during the same stretch in 2022.

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