If you’re worried that someone might steal your license plate, Amazon offers a $5 solution to the problem in the form of specialty fasteners. They’re designed to make your plate just a little harder to steal than the one on the car next to you. I came across this while spinning around Amazon looking at tools, and I’ll admit my first thought was “Really? These are necessary?” Apparently so, at least if you believe the review comments. Check out the first one in which “psnorb” shares his experience of having his plates stolen and promptly used in a high-speed chase with police. (Interestingly, his biggest gripe is that the police kept his plate as evidence.) I have no idea where “psnorb” lives, but I’m guessing it’s not here in Dallas, TX.
Anyway, these are pretty much standard anti-theft fastener fare in that they require a special wrench (or a pair of locking pliers) to remove. Some reviewers complain that the bolts are too large for standard plates, but that seems like an easy fix (get out your drill and enlarge the holes). Of course, you could always just resort to any of the many anti-theft machine screws available [What’s This?], or just make your own. As always, none of these guarantee any real safety; they simply make you slightly less of an easy target.
Here’s a question, though: Do many of you regularly deal with auto vandalism?