Spike in plate thefts a concern for police
Another spike in stolen vehicle number plates in the Rockingham area has seen a renewed call for residents to install anti-theft screws.
The Telegraph reported back in March that number plate theft was on the rise locally, with this trend continuing of late.
Police claim perpetrators are using the stolen plates on their own vehicles in an attempt to be anonymous on the roads or to steal fuel from petrol stations.
Rockingham Police Station officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne said there had been a spike in the amount of number plate thefts last week.
“Offenders are using the bad weather to disguise their movements, with an increase in the number of number plates stolen in the area while it has been raining,” he said.
“The purpose of stealing number plates is for people to use them on their vehicles to possibly commit burglaries and fuel drive-offs.”
Motor Trade Association of WA chief executive Stephen Moir said people needed to take ownership of the issue and install antitheft screws.
“It is a metro-wide issue; the cars are losing plates and then normally being applied to similar styles of vehicles and then being used for crime,” he said.
“What we are encouraging motorists to do, and we are meeting this week with a number of associations, is to have one-way screws installed on their plates to make it impossible to get them off.
“They are not expensive; we are working with the police with a strategy of getting them out as broadly as possible.
“We are also trying to encourage car dealerships to install them on their cars.”
The City of Rockingham partnered with WA Police in March to provide and install anti-theft screws. The Bunnings Warehouse website shows that a 50pack of zinc-plated anti-theft screws cost $5.42.