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Don’t give crime a free ride – Operation SAFEPL8

16 08 2013

Over 10,400 number plates were stolen last year. 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:

  1. Report the theft to your local police
  2. Report the theft to VicRoads
  3. Pay to have new number plates issued
  4. Change your registration details
  5. Change your car insurance details
  6. Change your toll road (East Link, City Link) account details
  7. If you keep driving without number plates you could be fined $144 and lose 3 demerit points.


What can you do to help?
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 screw driver.
  • 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.

Click here to find out more about Operation SAFEPL8

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