A West Side Rag reader wrote in to say her front license plate was stolen off of her car last week, and the problem appears to be widespread.
I’m writing to report my observations about license plate theft on the UWS. Our front license plate was stolen a week ago, and my son and I noticed four other cars in the same predicament last Sunday. During the week, we kept our eyes out for more, and wound up counting FORTY cars with missing front license plates. I started taking pictures a couple of days ago. The pictures were all taken on Riverside between 96th and 110th. We also observed the same thing on 94th & 95th streets west of Broadway.
I called the 24th precinct when I first noticed this and they were totally dismissive. They said that they didn’t think it was a pattern because no one else had reported it. Then, at the end of the conversation, they said “didn’t you call with the same complaint half an hour ago?” (I hadn’t).
I’m hoping that your awesome website with bring some more awareness about this. When one plate is stolen, you have to surrender the remaining one to the DMV to get new plates and a new registration. It is a major hassle. It took my husband over two hours.
We’ve checked in with the 24th precinct but have not heard back.
Another possible explanation: some people don’t put their front license plates on in the first place.