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Thieves Steal Chapel Hill Woman's Car Registration Sticker

Posted October 17, 2003

— There are thousands of cars and thousands of stickers, but a Chapel Hill woman said thieves drew her number over the weekend and stole her registration sticker. So, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

Sandra Battle went to the state Division of Motor Vehicles and paid $13 to have her registration sticker replaced.

"It doesn't matter how many times you have it stolen. You have to replace it," she said.

Battle said a worker at the DMV told her to grab a razor blade and cut into the sticker -- the idea being it would fall apart if someone tried to take it.

"I just kind of cut through the year and the month of my tag," she said.

Officially, the state of North Carolina does not want you to take a razor blade to your sticker and says theft is not a problem. However, in Missouri, the problem was so bad that residents were allowed to cut into the stickers.

Battle later asked for permission to cut the registration stickers of her neighbors. Before you grab a razor blade, the state DMV says you run a greater risk of having your whole plate stolen. To prevent that, you should make sure it is securely fastened.


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