Police launch project "Turning the screws on crime"

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Maroochydore Police are turning the screws on license place thefts on the Sunshine Coast by launching a new project within the district to make it more difficult for plates to be stolen.
This Friday, ‘Turning the screws on crime’ will be officially launched in Maroochydore, where members of the public are invited to attend and have the screws in their number plates changed to one way screws for free.
Senior Sergeant Gavin Marsh, Maroochydore Station Officer in Charge said that the community needs to get behind this campaign to ensure it will be successfully rolled out within the district and across the coast.
“Number plate theft is of great concern, as stolen number plates are being used by offenders in an attempt to make their identification more difficult.
“The one way screws can’t be removed with conventional tools, which will make it even harder for thieves to steal plates,” Senior Sergeant Marsh said.
The Sunshine Coast District recorded 318 license plate thefts in the 12 months between October 2011 and October 2012. Of those offences, 104 were stolen in Maroochydore.
“Thanks to the generous support of our local community and businesses, Sunshine Coast residents are welcome to attend Bunning’s between 9am and 12pm to have their license plate screws changed for free,” Senior Sergeant Marsh said.
“We are very grateful for the support of organisations such as the Buderim Lions, Neighbourhood Watch and Bunning’s, who are helping us to provide this free service to Sunshine Coast residents.
“Now we need the community to come together and take part in this awareness campaign by passing on the message to their neighbours and friends.”
Police will be at the Maroochydore Road Homemakers Centre car park between 9am and 12pm on Friday, November 23.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.