Number’s up for plate thieves

Bunnings staff Shane Peters and Kura Ngataierua with Tim Hartland from the City of Mandurah and Sergeant Paul Trimble.|Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d397226
Bunnings staff Shane Peters and Kura Ngataierua with Tim Hartland from the City of Mandurah and Sergeant Paul Trimble.|Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d397226

On March 24 between 10am and 2pm, the team will be at Bunnings Mandurah’s car park replacing the existing number plate screws with new anti-theft numberplate screws free.

Crime prevention officer in charge Sergeant Paul Trimble said offenders stole number plates for many reasons, including avoiding detection.

They used stolen plates to commit burglaries, fuel drive-offs, speeding offences, running red lights and other criminal activities.

‘Anti-theft screws turn one way only, preventing the thief from removing the numberplate with a screwdriver,’ Sgt Trimble said.

Once attached to a number plate, a specially designed tool is used to remove the anti-theft screws. This tool is not available in shops.

‘When an offender tries to remove the screws they can’t. People should take the time to replace the screws on their cars. They are easy to fit and will be available at no cost,’ Sgt Trimble said.

The screws were donated by Bunnings Warehouse and are available for sale.

Members from the Crime Prevention and Diversity Unit and City of Mandurah will be available to give advice on other personal safety measures and will have information pamphlets.

Number plate theft and suspicious activity around vehicles should be reported on 131 444.