Safe plates reduce offender risk: police

POLICE are determined to promote changes people can make to reduce the risk of their cars being stolen or number plates being nabbed.

More than a dozen Neighbourhood Watch volunteers pounded the Ballarat Railway Statement pavement handing out one-way safety screws to commuters. That area has seen a high volume of number plate theft, police say. Leading Senior Constable Janine Walker said this was an opportunity for the public to be educated.

“Stolen number plates are used by criminals to put on other cars to commit further offences such as the theft of petrol and burglaries,” Leading Senior Constable Walker said.

“To help stop your number plate being stolen you can replace screws on each plate with a one-way screws. Screws can be screwed in normally but require a special tool to be removed.”

Volunteer Judith Granot said commuters were interested because they knew people who had been affected by number plate theft – which was costly and inconvenient. Operation Safe Plate will be held at Bunnings Warehouse on Saturday.

PLATE CHANGE: Neighbourhood Watch volunteer Wayne Cunningham installs number plates at the Ballarat Railway Station.

PLATE CHANGE: Neighbourhood Watch volunteer Wayne Cunningham installs number plates at the Ballarat Railway Station.