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Screwing down on number plate thieves

14 May 2015

DPTI is part of a united front to combat the theft of number plates using tamper-resistant screws.



The department's Safety and Policy Programs team have been working with SAPOL, RAA, the Attorney General’s Department and the Motor Trade Association to encourage motorists to get tamper-resistant screws installed on their vehicle number plates.

Approximately 3,000 number plates are stolen in South Australia each year. The thefts are not just a headache for motorists, they also help thieves commit crimes such as petrol theft, robberies and house break-ins, and avoid fines for speeding and other traffic offences.

Under a collaborative pilot program now under way, more than 20 RAA Approved Repairers can supply and install the screws free of charge. The program has purchased 24,000 clutch head screws to service 6,000 vehicles. Motorists can contact RAA on 8202 4689 to find their nearest participating repairers.

The program will monitor the theft rate of plates fitted with the special screws and undertake an evaluation at the end of the trial period, with a view to possibly making the special screws a standard fitting.

The initiative is led by the SA Vehicle Theft Reduction Committee (SAVTRC). For more information, visit the RAA's program webpage.