Safety plates to reduce car theft

Police are urging motorists to fit their number plates with safety screws.

Police are urging motorists to fit their number plates with safety screws.

Police and volunteers will be on the beat this week urging motorists to fit their car with safe plates to combat a rise in number plate thefts.

Neighbourhood Watch members, led by Leading Senior Constable Janine Walker will kick-off their Operation Safe Place initiative by handing out safety screws at the Ballarat Train Station on Thursday from 7am. 

Inspector Bruce Thomas said the proactive initiative gave police an opportunity to tell the public what they could to do to reduce the likelihood of theft. 

‘We are trying to communicate the risk of theft from motor vehicle and trying to raise public awareness about the importance of locking cars and not leaving valuables in cars,” Inspector Thomas said.

He said there had been a number of thefts in the railway station precinct – mainly by there was a high volume of cars in the area. 

Neighbourhood Watch will continue the operation with another station visit next week and a Safety Pate event at Bunnings Warehouse.