Governor Nixon Launches Pilot Program @ Schlafly Branch

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library’s Schlafly Branch played host to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Friday, August 21, as he announced the kickoff of an innovative new pilot program aimed at preventing the growing problem of license plate tab theft from Missouri drivers. The theft-resistant tab program will make theft of license plate tabs more difficult and less appealing to potential thieves by printing the unique vehicle license plate number directly on the tab.

"For too long, theft of vehicle license plate tabs has caused inconvenience for Missouri motorists and nuisances for Missouri police departments.  But with our theft-resistant tabs pilot program, Missouri is taking an important step toward limiting this crime," Gov. Nixon said.  "By printing license numbers on the tabs, thieves will have less incentive to steal tabs, and police will be able to more easily identify stolen tabs that are being used illegally."

The Governor was joined at the press conference by St. Louis Police Chief Daniel Isom to make the announcement. "Both St. Louis residents and visitors to our great city have been affected in recent years by the increasing number of license tabs stolen from parked vehicles," Chief Isom said. "It is my hope that this new program will help reduce the number of license tab thefts and ultimately lift a significant burden off the citizens in our community."

Said Gerald Brooks, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the St. Louis Public Library, “We are pleased that Governor Nixon and Chief Isom chose the St. Louis Public Library to announce this new initiative. The Library is a vital community anchor—a trusted voice to which residents turn for important, life-enhancing information. By choosing the Library for today’s announcement the Governor and Police Chief have reinforced their faith in the Library’s role in the community.”

For more information about the St. Louis Public Library, call 314-539-0315.

For details about the theft resistant license tabs pilot program, visit

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