More than 360 number plates protected from thieves

ACT Policing and Westfield Woden joined together on Saturday (September 6) to secure 361 registration plates as part of Project Safe Plate.

Over four hours, ACT Policing officers, staff and volunteers fitted free tamper-proof screws to help combat number plate theft across the ACT.

“In 2013, 1237 number plates were stolen in the ACT. These stolen plates are usually used to commit further offences, including petrol drive-offs, burglaries and traffic offences,” Acting Officer-in-Charge of Woden Police Station Sergeant Scott Utteridge said.

“It was pleasing to see so many drivers attend the event on Saturday. Having the tamper-proof screws fitted acts as a deterrent to offenders, protects property, and helps reduce the amount of registration plate thefts across the ACT,” he said.

This was the fourth Project Safe Plate event in Canberra this year, bringing the total number of secured plates to over 1300.

“If you were unable to make it to Woden on Saturday, I encourage you to attend our final Project Safe Plate event for this year which will be hosted by the Tuggeranong Police Station and the Tuggeranong Hyperdome on Saturday 25 October,” Sergeant Utteridge said.

To find out more about Project Safe Plate visit

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

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