ONE WAY: Kingaroy Police are encouraging people to change the screws on their number plates for these one way ones.
ONE WAY: Kingaroy Police are encouraging people to change the screws on their number plates for these one way ones. Mike Richards GLA040417SCREW

South Burnett motorists turn the screws on crime

STOP number plate thefts by getting your plates secured.

This is the advice Kingaroy police are giving motorists.

They have invited people to bring their vehicles along to get their number plates fitted with one way screws next weekend.

Senior Sergeant Dave Tierney said it was a cheap way of stopping crime.

"It stops the theft for number plates, by making it that much harder for them to rip off," he said.

The one-way screws will be fitted on vehicles outside the Kingaroy Repco on Youngman St, from 8.30am-noon, on March 2.

The initiative will cost a gold coin donation per person, with proceeds supporting the Kumbia Neighbourhood Watch group.

"Once they're on, you need a special tool to remove them," Snr Sgt Tierney said.

Kingaroy police said these screws will stop a lot of number plate thefts.

"It just makes it easier for us to locate stolen vehicles, it stops number plate theft," he said.

"We find that with a lot of stolen vehicles, they immediately steal a number plate so that it doesn't match the stolen vehicle's registration."

Number plates secured with one-way screws are also a lot sturdier and stops them from falling off the vehicle.

"Particularly in the country with dirt roads, it saves you the cost of having to go and get new sets of plates," Snr Sgt Tierney said.

Motorists can turn up on the morning and get their plates put on by an expert.

"It should only take a couple of minutes to put on," he said.

People can also get a sausage sizzle or cool drink from the Kingaroy Scouts group that morning outside the Kingaroy Repco.

There will also be one-way screws fitted on cars in Murgon on Saturday, February 23, from 9am-noon at 54 MacAlister St, opposite Clifton Motors.

The screws will be fitted for a gold coin donation with proceeds to support the Murgon Neighbourhood Watch group.

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