Number plate theft is a growing trend. For every plate theft, a further three criminal offences are committed using the stolen plates. Police have teamed up with Auckland Council and are offering to fix tamper proof screws to number plates throughout central Auckland. The public is invited to have their number plate screws replaced for a gold coin donation, with proceeds going to Neighbourhood Support. The next Safer Plates operation is on May 20 at Mt Albert Pak n’ Save, from 10am to 2pm.