More than 90 license plate thefts have occurred Fort Smith this year. Most recently, stolen plates are being replaced with another plate.
Reports show thefts appearing without any noticeable patterns.
Many of the thefts have occurred overnight. Most victims notice missing license plates when they go to start their car in the morning.
In the most recent incident, a Fort Smith resident noticed the wrong license plate was on her car. She suspected the switch happened while she was at Walmart on Rogers Avenue, or while asleep at home.
Reports indicate that vehicle theft in the area has increased and may be related to the stolen plate trend.
FSPD’s Aric Mitchell stated the best way to avoid this situation is to park in a garage or a well lit, visible area.
FSPD recently pushed for people to check their vehicles at 9 p.m. to make sure they are locked and all valuables are out of sight.
According to a recent social media post from FSPD, 90% of one thief’s car break-ins were as a result of checking door handles for unlocked vehicles and stealing from those that were not locked.