VicPol Corporate

Don't give crime a free ride

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

If your number plates are stolen, you will need to:

  • report the theft to your local police
  • report the theft to VicRoads
  • 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


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.

What you can do

Help prevent serious offences and avoid the inconvenience and cost of replacing your number plates.

  • 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. Park 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

The more motorists who secure their plates, the harder it will be for thieves to find a free ride. Step up to the plate, spread the word and tighten the screws on crime.

Screws are available from:

  • 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


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 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
  • visit the Neighbourhood Watch website

Reviewed 13 March 2019