They don’t want your car but your plate will do.

johnboy 1 April 2007 18

The ABC reports that a wave of number plate theft is afflicting our fair city.

It’s particularly handy as a precursor to stealing petrol it seems but the police are worried where it could lead.

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18 Responses to They don’t want your car but your plate will do.
szeretetta szeretetta 11:37 pm 03 Apr 07

I had both my number plates stolen when my car was parked at Canberra Hospital. Annoying. Doubly so when they stole the screws and it took ages to find someone who had suitable ones…

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 9:33 pm 03 Apr 07

“None of that crap works “

There are some measures that can be taken that work well. Many are not illegal.

Mess Mess 8:21 pm 03 Apr 07

I had someone steal 1, only 1 of my bloody hubcaps. Went away for the weekend and came back and it was gone – I think i would of preferred my number plates stolen… Easier to replace!

vg vg 5:41 pm 03 Apr 07

None of that crap works

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 5:19 pm 03 Apr 07

I don’t think standard hairspray would work, although there have been rumours of a spray on product from the US that solves the problem. Personally I wouldn’t trust something I didn’t understand (like Stanhope!).

Oh yeah, don’t speed.

dusty dusty 2:27 pm 03 Apr 07

Mine got stalen in the multistorey at Manuka, cost me $35 bucks too, morons.
And doesn’t hairspray on the numberplates work against speed cameras? I dunno, I’ve only just heard about it, never put it to the test

seepi seepi 1:22 pm 03 Apr 07

Or just kids being idiots.
Someone stole only one of mine, and I still had to replace the plates and rego and pay 35 bucks.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 11:46 am 03 Apr 07

“Number plate covers do nothing for speed cameras, another myth “

Unless the clear panle in front is a variable direction polarising filter. Illegal, but possible. (And no I don’t have them).

Stealing plates usually has something to do with stealing cars and disguising them, I would think.

Thumper Thumper 4:36 pm 02 Apr 07

Same sort of idea that bonfire is getting at…

Thumper Thumper 4:35 pm 02 Apr 07

Just get a crosshead bolt, bolt on the number plate really tightly using lockfast, then take an angle grinder to the crosshead.

makes it difficult to undo.

vg vg 12:27 pm 02 Apr 07

Number plate covers do nothing for speed cameras, another myth

Kramer Kramer 12:20 pm 02 Apr 07

Number plate covers also help reduce the likelyhood of having your plates stolen – and also getting your photo taken my one of those nasty cameras!

bonfire bonfire 10:07 am 02 Apr 07

whenever i install anything on the stanley steamer which is of value and can be unscrewed, such as a cd, gps, radar detector etc, i put solder in the screw heads.

boomacat boomacat 11:21 pm 01 Apr 07

i think the screws on my number plate are so rusted on that they have morphed with the car on some kind of molecular level and now actually form part of the chassis…

Shame I didn’t see your comment earlier ducks, I do like a good old fashioned aussie sausage sizzle.

caf caf 2:26 pm 01 Apr 07

Sure, but I guess it’s all about raising the bar – it’s not like those involved in stealing fuel are exactly criminal masterminds.

el el 1:49 pm 01 Apr 07

Unless you’ve got personalised plates, not an issue (they stay with the car) – I’m a bit skeptical myself on what the ‘safety screw’ involves – all fasteners are removable, one way or another.

futto futto 12:29 pm 01 Apr 07

if they make it hard to remove the plates, what happens when i go to sell my car? If I need a special tool to take the screws off, wouldn’t thieves just have one too?

ducks ducks 12:26 pm 01 Apr 07

According to the Northside Chronicle, today “The Australian Federal Police, in conjunction with Westfield Belconnen, will be attaching safety screws to numberplates for free in the centre carpark between 10am and 5pm.” There’s a sausage sizzle also!

What an event.

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