Monday, August 3, 2009

Stop thieves from nicking your number plates

I'm getting my plates done this weekend. If you live in the Canada Bay area, I suggest you get yours done too. I've put a note in my diary so I don't forget (like I did last time the Police did this).

Burwood Police to fit ‘free’ one-way number plate screws to stop theft

Issued between 10 am and 2:00 pm, on the following days - 7,8,9 August 2009

Police from the Burwood Local Area Command will take part in a regional program, starting over three days this month, providing drivers with irreversible number plate screws free of charge.

Operation Tabella, a joint initiative by the NSW Police Force and the NSWAttorney General’s Department, will be the biggest project of its type undertaken in New South Wales.

Police, assisted by (specific LAC volunteer organisation/companies/agencies…such as Granville and Chullora TAFE, the State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service, Beaurepaires, Bunnings etc), will man special “fitting stations” where motorists can attend and have the ‘one-way’ screws inserted.

The fitting stations will be established on the following dates:

Friday 7 August - 10 am to 2:00 pm Council car park on Crane St Concord
Saturday 8 August -10 am to 2:00 pm Council car park on Crane St Concord
Sunday 9 August - 10 am to 2:00 pm Council car park on Crane St Concord

Motorists can log onto the NSW Police Force website for more information or contact their local Police Station for further details.

Additional, localised fitting sessions may be scheduled and the number plate screws will continue to be provided, free of charge, to the public until September 30.

Recent figures by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research indicate that number plates account for 12% of items stolen from motor vehicles.

There were 35 number plate thefts in the Burwood Local Area Command between January and May this year.

The stolen plates are often used in service station ‘drive offs’ (fail to pays), robberies, road toll fraud and other offences.

Burwood Local Area Commander, Acting Superintendent Arthur Aleksandrowicz, said smaller operations at Local Area Command level have proved successful in reducing number plate theft.

“As a result, the number of service station drive-offs in those areas has fallen dramatically,” Acting Superintendent Aleksandrowicz said.

“The tamper-proof screws can’t be removed without a special tool provided to police,” he said.

“We anticipate drivers who can’t attend the fitting stations on the allotted days will be able to attend their local police station following the operation and collect the screws, free of charge.

“People should make the effort to replace the screws on their vehicles.

“They’re free, easy to fit and difficult for thieves to remove…it’s just a sensible step to safeguard your number plates,” Acting Superintendent Aleksandrowicz added.

Issued by NSW Police Force Media Unit (02) 8263 6100
Authorised by A/Supt Aleksandrowicz, Burwood LAC)

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