Special screws to protect number plates: Joondalup Police

Bob O'Sullivan, from Heathridge Residents Association, and Senior Sergeant Craig Wanstall with the anti-theft screws. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au   d444699
Bob O'Sullivan, from Heathridge Residents Association, and Senior Sergeant Craig Wanstall with the anti-theft screws. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d444699

JOONDALUP Police will join forces with the Heathridge Residents Association and Neighbourhood Watch for a drive to install anti-theft screws to vehicle number plates this month.

Senior Sergeant Craig Wanstall said the October 24 event, organised by the association for local residents, was important and police wanted to help community groups putting in effort and time to reduce crime in their areas.

“Stealing of number plates is an issue across the metropolitan area and occurs multiple times on a daily basis,” he said. “Any project to reduce this offence is welcome.”

It will run from 10am to 2pm on Saturday at the Heathridge Shopping Centre.

It follows an incident, listed by Neighbourhood Watch Heathridge this week, where front and rear number plates were stolen from a vehicle parked outside an Admiral Grove home on October 9.

It said the rear plate had been replaced with another number plate that had also been reported missing.

“We know that criminals steal vehicles and swap number plates; it can be some time before this is identified making it difficult to detect,” Sen Sgt Wanstall said.

He urged the community to head along to the event to replace their number plate screws free of charge. The anti-theft screws are donated by Bunnings Warehouse.

The association’s Bob O’Sullivan said they would be set up on the eastern side of the shopping centre.

He said anything that reduced crime within the community was needed. “This is just one of many (crime prevention) initiatives,” he said.

He said the association, Neighbourhood Watch and local police were encouraging more Heathridge residents to report crime and antisocial behaviour.