Calgary police say the number of stolen licence plates in the city has skyrocketed by 80 per cent.
Police say people steal licence plates for a number of reasons but often it is to hide traffic offences or to make sure their registration is covered off.
Staff-Sgt. Kristie Verheul says the trend could also be related to an increase in stolen vehicles in the city.
She says the stolen plates are used to allow criminals to keep the stolen vehicles longer and use them for other crimes.
She says some stolen vehicles are being recovered with as many as six licence plates within them.
Police say motorists should check regularly to make sure that their plate is on the vehicle and to report it to police if it has been removed and they think it has been stolen.
For last year, the top 10 types of stolen vehicles in Calgary were Ford trucks, Dodge Ram trucks, Honda Civics, GMC trucks, Chevy trucks, Dodge Caravans, Jeep Cherokees, Honda Accords, Toyota Corollas and Toyota Camrys.