Po­lice find plenty of crime on their plate

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - MADURA MCCOR­MACK

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.

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