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Anti-theft drivers plates prevent motorists being screwed

COMMUNITY INITIATIVE: From left, Superintendent Mick Brady, Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan, Greg Chippendale, Sgt Marjan Borosak and members of local NHW groups.
COMMUNITY INITIATIVE: From left, Superintendent Mick Brady, Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan, Greg Chippendale, Sgt Marjan Borosak and members of local NHW groups. Contributed

MORAYFIELD East Neighbourhood Watch is getting help from the police to turn the screws on crime and prevent the spate of stolen number plates in the region.

Anti-theft number plate screws that can only be taken off with a special removal tool were supplied free of charge to new and used car dealers from March 8.

More screws have also been handed out since to five or six car service centres in the area, including Ultratune and K-Mart Auto and Tyre.

"Some of them are offering to put on them the cars free every time they do a service. They're asking the owners if they would like these security screws put on their number plates," NHW area co-ordinator Ken Bradley said.

"Anybody that services more than 20 cars a week is a great way to get them on the cars as quickly as possible."

Mr Bradley's ultimate vision is to have all vehicles in the Moreton district fitted with these types of screws.

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"We're trying to stop these number plate thefts. There's roughly 10,000 in Queensland being stolen every year and we're trying to eliminate that as best we can," he said.

Superintendent Michael Brady said the initiative involving the community was an important step towards curbing criminal activity, disguised by stolen number plates.

"The 'turn the screws on crime' initiative is an important community project as it allows us to work directly with our community and prevent crime," Superintendent Brady said.

"We have a number of crimes where offenders use stolen number plates to disguise their vehicle. If we can prevent criminals from stealing number plates, it will reduce crime."

It is hoped that once the initial supply of screws has been used, businesses will renew stocks from local supplier Porters Industrial Sales.

Drivers can ask for the tamper-proof screws at a police station.


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