Police received three reports of stolen number plates overnight (October 15-16).
Crimes of this nature are of great concern to the community, as stolen number plates are often used by offenders in attempts to make their identification more difficult while committing further offences.
This year, there have been 339 number plate thefts reported in the Sunshine Coast Police District, with 16 of those incidents occurring in October.
Sunshine Coast Police urge all vehicle owners to secure their number plates with one-way screws which cannot be removed with conventional tools.
The removal tools are only available at local police stations and are restricted for sale.
One-way screws are available for purchase from leading auto retailers, or you can drop into your local police station for further information to prevent number plate theft.
For a limited time, some local stations throughout the district have supplied of these one-way screws that will be distributed to the local community for free.
Owners are encouraged to regularly check their number plates and report any thefts to police immediately.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.