War on num­ber plate theft

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

Steal­ing num­ber plates is get­ting harder for thieves.

Neigh­bour­hood Support and po­lice are rolling out the Safer Plates scheme in cen­tral Auck­land which gives driv­ers the chance to have their num­ber plate fit­ted with se­cu­rity screws at events be­ing held across the re­gion.

About 600 plates were nicked across the Auck­land City Po­lice Dis­trict in the year to June.

Many of them were placed on other ve­hi­cles and used in petrol drive-offs or for other car crime.

Mt Roskill Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Team Con­sta­ble Alex Taua joined a team of Neigh­bour­hood Support vol­un­teers and the Auck­land Asian Safety Pa­trol at a safer plates event in Lyn­field.

‘‘Most peo­ple are not re­ally aware that their num­ber plates could be ripped off,’’ he says.

He did speak to one per­son at the event who had had it hap­pen to them.

Many num­ber plate thefts oc­cur in car parks.

It can be a stress­ful event for vic­tims, Auck­land Neigh­bour­hood Support rep­re­sen­ta­tive Avon Lines says.

‘‘Most peo­ple don’t no­tice their plates have been taken un­til they get home.

‘‘Or they’re pulled over by a po­lice of­fi­cer on the way who tells them they’ve got no plates,’’ she says.

Num­ber plate theft is not a new phe­nom­e­non, In­spec­tor Hay­den Man­der says.

The safer plates ini­tia­tive fits into the po­lice preven­tion first strat­egy which fo­cuses on re­duc­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties for crime.

Photo: EMMA WHIT­TAKER

Tam­per-proof: Auck­land Asian Safety Pa­trol mem­ber Maysan Ardestani fits se­cu­rity screws on a car.

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