China has a separate set of accounting number glyphs specifically for this purpose, as the regular numbers 1-9, 100, 1,000 and 10,000 (一二三四五六七八九十百千萬) are obviously easy to change, for example 一 to 十 or 千, 二 to 三, 八 to 九, etc. The replacements are 壹貳參肆伍陸柒捌玖拾佰仟萬.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_numbers#Standard_numbe... for background.
> While nobody could simply turn one of them into another one, now they all look totally forged in the first place. No policeman would notice if you invented new characters instead.
Just bullshit talk imho, as the FE Schrift does exactly what it´s supposed to.
I had two online interactions with him that formed my opinion of him.
When I started being interested in typefaces, but not really able to discern one from another, I wrote him an email asking for the title of one or two books where I could see his FF Meta used for the body text. He's a busy man, so I only half expected him to reply, but I certainly didn't expect his condescending abusive email that he wouldn't help a lazy student with his homework. Great way to inspire people interested in your work!
The other time was in a type aficionado web forum where I mentioned that I had bought the Adobe Type Classics collection CD for much less than retail price (second hand). He accused me of piracy, again in pretty abusive manner.
Taken together with his holier-than-thou attitude, riling against "spec work" (https://www.nospec.com/), but then asking designers for spec work, because "it's for the UN" (and he was on the jury).
Or with his blatant lie in a Fontshop brochure I have on my shelf, claiming that there is virtually no intellectual property protection for fonts in Germany, and how it would have been impossibly expensive to register for type protection… but somehow a lot of hobbyists and small fish managed to do it.
Erik Spiekermann is a very important designer who did lots and lots of outstanding work, but I've found him to be a deeply unpleasant person.
What kind of protection is there? I've read that claim before.
Typeface protection has always been weaker in Germany than copyright protection, but it existed and exists.
As an aside: Fontshop used to claim at every opportunity that they had achieved a verdict in a lawsuit that gave fonts full copyright protection. That only worked because nobody on the forums and the web had ever seen the verdict. It wasn't secret, just behind a paywall of a legal database. A friend who's a lawyer retrieved it for me and I was much amused: The verdict said precisely the opposite!
Yes, if you compared them side by side with an official and the fake it would be easy to see. But when just reading, all the letters already look weird.
The FE font is still hidious even years after it was introduced.
Let's assume somebody successfully does that. After the accident or whatever, they check the plate and it belongs to different kind of car. I would imagine there would be no more than 10 options of plates which could result in this one + black tape. And you find confirmation by checking if the car color and brand matches. It could actually be automated and should be easy even if there would be hundreds of possibilities.
You can get the font and then 3D print your plate or invent your own process in the kitchen.
My "James Bond" idea was to have a car with cameras front and back that could read the plates of the vehicles to either side. Then, the plate would be a retroreflective panel with an active LCD overlay.. you could change your plates to whatever you wanted, and the car could have a 'stealth' mode, where when you drove behind a car, your rear plate would match theirs.. and from the front, your plate would match the car behind.
And of course OCR, as everybody else already mentioned.
Monoscpace doesn't have spacing issues and possibly make the plates easier to recognize.
You can't defend against everything, but any criminal who defeats the current license plates wouldn't have been caught based on his license plate anyway.
The font is enough to make plate manipulation not worth the effort for average criminals and for people trying to defeat speed cameras. Going any further than that isn't worth the effort.
Isn't that basically any decent sized metal press?
If it only has to look the part, 3D printing plus paint will likely do it without the outlay.
This is not a sophisticated anti-forgery scheme, it's a no-cost layer of tamper resistance.
If you can find retroreflective foil that looks close enough, a cheapish 3d printer and a good paint job might indeed work great as well.