ACT Policing are again offering to fit your car with special “tamper-proof” screws for free so nobody can steal your number plate.
If you happened to spend $9000 on a number plate recently, this would probably be a good investment.
ACT Policing and the Canberra Centre are joining forces to combat registration plate theft via a free property crime reduction program this weekend, Project SAFE PLATE.
This Sunday (May 26) between 11am-3pm, motorists are encouraged to bring their vehicles to the Canberra Centre on Petrie Street, ground floor car park where officers will fit vehicle plates with tamper-proof screws.
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Superintendent of North District Brett Kidner said that Project SAFE PLATE, while aiming to reduce number plate theft, is also an opportunity for the community to interact with local police.
“Stolen number plates are often used to commit other crimes, such as petrol drive-offs, burglaries and traffic offences. By reducing the opportunity for criminals to source one of their tools, we hope to contribute to a wider reduction in property and volume crime,” Superintendent Kidner said.
“It’s also a great opportunity to come down, say hello to your local police and get some advice on home or vehicle security. We hope to see as many people as possible on Sunday.”
From May 2012 to April 2013, 1353 number plates were reported stolen in the ACT.
Project SAFE PLATE launched earlier this year in Gungahlin as a whole-of-ACT coordinated effort, against action items contained within the ACT Government’s Property Crime Reduction Strategy. This is the first time the event has taken place in the Canberra City.
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.