Anti-theft number plate screws available at Operation Safe Plate Day

BALLARAT police are calling on the community to help combat number plate theft tomorrow.

Operation Safe Plate Day will see Victoria Police and the State Emergency Service (SES) provide motorists with anti-theft number plate screws. 

Leading Senior Constable Janine Walker said the initiative would encourage motorists to be less complacent. 

“It will reduce the amount of theft in Ballarat,” Leading Senior Constable Walker said. 

“It is an issue right across the state.”

The anti-theft number plate screws cannot be removed once secured.

Leading Senior Constable Walker said number plate thefts led to identity and petrol theft. 

She said the right-hand shoulder screws could only be removed by a mechanic. 

Leading Senior Constable Walker also encouraged motorists to lock their vehicles when unattended. 

“People in Ballarat are leaving their cars unlocked with valuables inside, like iPads, iPods and cash,” she said. 

“It is a preventative thing. People in Ballarat can be complacent when it comes to vehicle security and that is a major part of the problem.”

Operation Safe Plate Day will be held at Bunnings Warehouse, Creswick Road in Ballarat between 10am and 2pm. 

For a gold coin donation to Neighbourhood Watch, motorists can have their number plate screws swapped with anti-theft screws.