ACT Policing and Tuggeranong Hyperdome are joining forces to prevent number plate theft with a free program this weekend, Project Safe Plate.
This Saturday (October 26) between 10am-2pm, motorists are encouraged to bring their vehicles to the Tuggeranong Hyperdome open air car park, off Reed Street North, where officers will fit vehicle plates with tamper-proof screws.
Number plate theft is linked to other offences, such as petrol drive-offs and burglaries. This project is aimed at reducing the opportunity criminals have to use stolen plates as a criminal tool.
Officer-in-Charge of Tuggeranong Police Station Sergeant Daryl Neit said the installation of secure number plates is a great way to help reduce crime in your local neighbourhood.
“The theft of number plates may seem like just an inconvenience, but it can have a ripple effect. Those plates may be used in the commission of burglaries, thefts and a myriad of other offences. Preventing criminals from accessing any of their tools is invaluable in our attempts to prevent crime”, Sergeant Neit said.
“The fact these screws are supplied and installed for free makes it an obvious decision. I hope to see as many people from Tuggeranong on Saturday as possible come down, have the screws fitted and have a chat with their local police.”
In the last financial year, 1381 number plates were reported stolen in the ACT and, of that, 278 were stolen in the Tuggeranong patrol zone.
Project Safe Plate is a whole-of-ACT coordinated effort, against action items contained within the ACT Government’s Property Crime Reduction Strategy.
For more information on Project Safe Plate and future events go to police.act.gov.au.
If your registration plates are stolen, report it to ACT Policing on 131 444.