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MOTORISTS are encouraged to bring their vehicles to the Gungahlin Marketplace on Saturday, where police will fit plates with tamper-proof screws to avoid theft. 

The initiative is part of Project Safe Plate, which forms part of the broader ACT Policing Property Crime Reduction Strategy.

This Sunday between 11am-3pm, motorists are encouraged to bring their vehicles to the Canberra Centre on Petrie Street, at the ground floor car park where officers will fit vehicle plates with tamper-proof screws.

Superintendent of North District Brett Kidner said that Project SAFE PLATE is also an opportunity for the community to interact with local police.

“Stolen number plates are often used to commit other crimes, such as petrol drive-offs, burglaries and traffic offences. By reducing the opportunity for criminals to source one of their tools, we hope to contribute to a wider reduction in property and volume crime,” Superintendent Kidner said.

From May 2012 to April 2013, 1353 number plates were reported stolen in the ACT.

Project SAFE PLATE launched earlier this year in Gungahlin as a whole-of-ACT coordinated effort, against action items contained within the ACT Government’s Property Crime Reduction Strategy. This is the first time the event has taken place in the Canberra City.

For more information on Project SAFE PLATE and future events visit

If your registration plates are stolen, report it to ACT Policing on 131 444.

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