City of Rockingham and police team up to combat number plate thefts


City of Rockingham Community Development Officer Jo Draper inspects the anti-theft number plate screws on a City vehicle with First Class Constable Eddie Cuthbert.
City of Rockingham Community Development Officer Jo Draper inspects the anti-theft number plate screws on a City vehicle with First Class Constable Eddie Cuthbert.

NUMBER PLATE theft is on the increase and in a bid to reduce it police and council have joined forces.

City of Rockingham and WA Police have a simple yet effective idea to help motorists avoid thefts by using anti-theft screws.

This Saturday,ratepayers can get them free from 9.30am-11.30am at the front of the old Masters Warehouse on Safety Bay Road, Baldivis.

However, there will be a limited number of screws available.

City of Rockingham staff, officers from the Kwinana Police Station and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers will also replace existing number plate screws with anti-theft numberplate screws.

Mayor Barry Sammels said thieves stole number plates for many reasons citing avoiding detection by police while committing other crimes.

“Anti-theft screws turn one way only, preventing the thief from removing the numberplate with a screwdriver. Once attached to a number plate, a specially designed tool is required to remove the anti-theft screws,” he said.

“I encourage people to come along, meet the local Community Safety team and take advantage of this special offer. City staff and volunteers will be available to help you change your screws and provide information about the City of Rockingham’s Neighbours Unite program. Remember, Community Safety starts with you.”

Motorists unable to attend the event can purchase anti-theft screws from Bunnings and easily self-install them.

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