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Learn about the Victoria Police initiative to build community awareness around making number plates harder to steal.

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. 

Offenders use stolen plates to avoid identification when committing serious offences such as petrol thefts, drug trafficking and burglary.

You can help prevent serious offences and keep your number plates safe by following a few simple steps:

  • secure your number plates with one-way, anti-theft screws – they cost only a few dollars and can be fitted with a standard flat bladed screwdriver
  • park your car in a secure place – off the street in a garage or carport where possible
  • stay alert and report the theft of number plates to police as soon as possible.

Anti-theft screws

Keep an eye out for SafePL8 events, where local police fit anti-theft screws to your vehicle on-the-spot, often for free. Follow your local police Eyewatch page on Facebook to keep up-to-date with upcoming events. Screws are also available from:

most major hardware stores

  • most major harware stores
  • participating automotive outlets, who may fit them free of charge when cars are serviced or repaired. For a list of participating outlets, visit the VACC website
  • participating Burson Auto Parts stores
  • participating petrol stations.

Stolen plates

While anti-theft screws can help deter prospective crime, it can also save you the inconvenience and cost of replacing your number plates.

If your number plates are stolen, apart from reporting the theft to police, you will also need to:

  • report the theft to VicRoads (link to website)
  • pay to have new number plates issued
  • change your registration details
  • change your car insurance details
  • change your toll road (EastLink, CityLink) account details. 

If you keep driving without number plates, you could be fined $144 and three demerit points.

Reporting crime 

You should report the theft of number plates to police as soon as possible – this will help us detect offenders.

If you’re a victim of number plate theft you can:

If you see something suspicious, call Triple Zero (000) immediately. If the suspicious activity occurred some time ago, contact your local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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

Spread the message 

  • tell your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues about how serious number plate theft is and how easy it is to help
  • follow your local area’s Victoria Police Eyewatch page and share our updates
  • 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
  • visit Neighbourhood Watch

Reviewed 07 July 2021


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