Police find plenty of crime on their plate
OPPORTUNISTIC thieves targeting easy- to- remove car licence plates are using them to commit crime undetected.
Townsville crime prevention unit’s Senior Sergeant Janelle Poole said thieves didn’t spend a lot of time taking plates off cars.
“What happens is, anecdotally we know they get put on a car that has been stolen and swap plates,” she said.
“Or they put it on an unregistered car, or use them for petrol drive- offs, ( or) for stealing through bottleshop drivethroughs.”
A total of 14 stolen numberplates remained outstanding as of Wednesday this week.
Victims are then left in the lurch, having to buy new plates and lodge a police report.
Snr- Sgt Poole said installing one- way screws, which could only be removed with a specialised tool, was a good way to prevent plate theft.
“We’re not saying your plates can never be stolen, but you’re less likely to become a victim of this type of crime,” she said.
Townsville police are holding their final “Turning the Screws on Crime” event for the year today.
Members of the public can get their licence plates secured for free.
Nearly 3000 people have already seized the opportunity to have their plates secured.
The event, which has been supported by Mendi Constructions, will be held from 8am to 2pm at the Good Shepherd Catholic School at 65 Allambie Lane, Rasmussen.