Solv­ing prob­lems early

South Taranaki Star - - STARS PAST - JANE MATTHEWS

A com­mu­nity group is solv­ing lo­cal safety is­sues be­fore they arise.

The Cen­tral Taranaki Safe Com­mu­nity Trust has de­voted the next month to in­stalling ‘safer plates’.

Han­nah Shep­herd, the com­mu­nity project of­fi­cer for the trust, said the ul­ti­mate goal was to in­stall safe reg­is­tra­tion plates on every do­mes­tic car in Strat­ford and the sur­round­ing dis­tricts.

‘‘We’re try­ing to make the com­mu­nity a bit safer by hav­ing an­titheft screws in reg­is­tra­tion plates, just to stop petrol drive offs with stolen num­ber plates,’’ Shep­herd said. ‘‘It’s not as com­mon in Strat­ford and our dis­tricts, but it is get­ting a lit­tle more com­mon in New Ply­mouth so we’re just try­ing to nip it in the bud be­fore it spreads out.’’

Shep­herd said the screws made it very dif­fi­cult for thieves to get reg­is­tra­tion plates off ve­hi­cles.

The trust re­cently or­gan­ised a Safer Plates Day and in­vited the com­mu­nity down to Strat­ford’s War Memo­rial Cen­tre carpark to have the screws fit­ted for free.

Di Welch, the Strat­ford com­mu­nity safety of­fi­cer for the trust, said the day drew in many mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and they had more than 100 cars take part.

They will hold an­other Safer Plates Day at the end of Novem­ber but in the mean­time par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses are in­stalling the an­titheft screws.

JANE MATTHEWS/STUFF

Pa­trol vol­un­teers Mur­ray Fawcett and Alan Man­ning were more than happy to give the Strat­ford com­mu­nity safer reg­is­tra­tion plates.

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