Police in Melbourne, Australia, are taking proactive steps to deter the ever increasing trend of number plate theft.
Following a spate of number plate thefts, police forces are now urging residents to fit on-way screws in an attempt to curb the new crimewave.
In January alone, 14 number plates were stolen from vehicles, resulting in an overall rise in thefts from motor vehicles.
Nearby neighbourhoods of Hume and Moreland experienced 66 and 59 thefts (respectively) for a similar timeframe.
Criminals aren’t just resorting to number plate thefts however, as 69 cars were stolen from Moonee Valley and 230 cars were stolen from Moreland.
Alicia Lippiatt, Crime Prevention Officer for Melbourne Police revealed that one-way screws were a great way to deter number plate thieves.
“Time frames are very important for thieves, so if you can make number plates harder for them to remove, they will be deterred and move on,” explained Leading Senior-Constable Lippiatt.
For those who are interested in fitting the tamper proof screws, many local police stations are giving the screws away for free.
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