Make your number plates safe

Senior Constable Eric Van Der Kooij and Leanne French, Bunnings activity organiser, with an anti-theft number plate screw. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Senior Constable Eric Van Der Kooij and Leanne French, Bunnings activity organiser, with an anti-theft number plate screw. Picture: Martin Kennealey

Concerns in the community have grown in recent months with offenders switching number plates with unsuspecting victims before going on to commit more serious crimes.

Senior Constable Eric Van Der Kooij said police were considering a number of different ways they could distribute the screws to vehicle owners and encourage more people to use them.

‘The stealing of number plates in the area and throughout the State has been on the rise recently and thieves are using them to prevent being identified when committing fuel drive-offs, burglaries and other offences,’ he said.

As part of the push to protect the community, the South Metropolitan Police Community Engagement Unit will join local Neighbourhood Watch volunteers and Bunnings employees fitting the anti-theft number plate screws to vehicles at the front car park of Bunnings Bibra Lake this Saturday.

Police will be on hand between 10am and 2pm, with the day doubling as a family fun day and barbecue to raise money for Telethon.