STAND YOUR GROUND: Stolen car tags/renewal decals - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andy Wise

STAND YOUR GROUND: Stolen car tags/renewal decals

They fill half of a postal basket, stashed and secured in a closet of the Shelby County Clerk's office.

Stacks of cancelled Shelby County car tags -- some cut in half, some with just a corner snipped -- that thieves cut right off their owners' cars.

Shelby County Clerk Debbie Stamson says thieves are targeting the tags to lift the registration renewal decals.  They'll use a tool to remove the adhesive, then either sell them on the black market or stick them on their own vehicles to avoid paying the county's renewal fees.

"People are now taking out the whole plate instead of cutting or snipping the plate," says Stamson.

The damage doesn't stop with the tin snips.

Drivers whose tags are cut or stolen will have to pay $17.25 for a new plate ($14.25 if you show your registration paper) and another $15 for a new renewal decal.

To make your license plate and renewal decal less of a target, get a sharp object like a car key, pocketknife or razor blade.  Put your new decal on your plate, then cut an "x" right through the decal.  That renders the decal -- and your plate -- useless to thieves because they can't lift the decal.

"Because if they try to remove that decal, it's going to crumble," Stamson says.

So every time you renewal your vehicle registration, add the new decal to your plate, slice-and-dice...and Stand Your Ground!

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