NSW police aim to reduce number plate and tool theft

Police across Sydney’s Hills district will continue to roll out a program targeting number plate and tool theft, NSW Police say.

Operation Tabella is an initiative run in collaboration with The Hills Shire Council where tamper proof number plate screws are fitted to vehicles, free of charge.

It is being supported by the West Pennant Hills Neighbourhood Watch, State Emergency Service and Castle Hill and Dural Men’s Sheds.

On Thursday 2 March 2017, police will be offering drivers the chance to have the one-way screws installed to their vehicle while they wait.

They are fitted for free and can only be removed by using a special tool.

The operation will also provide an opportunity for tradespeople to have their tools engraved with a unique marking to prevent theft.

The Hills Local Area Commander, Superintendent Rob Critchlow, has encouraged residents to attend the next operation.

“Number plates are one of the most commonly stolen items from cars and trailers. They are often used to commit other crimes, such as toll evasion or petrol theft,” Supt Critchlow said.

“One-way screws can help reduce the risk of your number plates being stolen and locals can have them installed for free.

“Tool theft is also common and we are urging tradespeople to take advantage of this free initiative,” Supt Critchlow said.

The operation next month will be held at the Castle Towers over-flow car park on Les Shore Place, Castle Hill.

For more information contact Castle Hill Police Station on (02) 9680 5399.

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