Message from the Chief Commissioner

Initiatives and Programs


Release date: Fri 30 August 2013

Last updated: Wed 8 January 2014

Anti-theft screw



The Problem of Number Plate Theft

  • Over 10,400 number plates were stolen last year
  • Number plates are the most commonly stolen property from vehicles
  • Offenders use stolen number plates to avoid identification when committing serious offences such as petrol theft, drug trafficking and burglary

Preventing Number Plate Theft

SAFEPL8 involves everybody in the community. Victoria Police will target and detect offenders, but it is up to you to make your number plates harder to steal.

Secure your number plates with one-way, anti-theft screws

  • They are designed to be fitted with a standard flat-bladed screwdriver but require a special tool to remove
  • They can be fitted in minutes and cost only a few dollars

Screws are available from:

Helpful Resources

Want To Help More?

If you have time, consider doing some of the following:

Spread the message

  • Tell your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues about SAFEPL8. Tell them how serious number plate theft is and how easy it is to help
  • See if your local area has a Victoria Police Eyewatch page and share our updates

Park your car in a secure place

  • Make it harder for thieves to steal your plates without being seen
  • Park off the street if possible. A locked garage is best, but a driveway or carport is ok too.
  • Always lock your car to prevent other thefts

Stay alert

  • Take notice of activity in your neighbourhood. Report suspicious activity to your local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
  • Report the theft of number plates to police as soon as possible. This will help us detect offenders

Volunteer with a community group

  • Local community groups in your area may already be assisting police to spread the SAFEPL8 message
  • Join your local Neighbourhood Watch to get involved
  • Click to visit the Neighbourhood Watch website


SAFEPL8 Instructional Video



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