New number plate technology could mean 2023 will be one of the toughest years yet for Victorian number plate thieves, according to the state government.
The Victorian government announced Saturday morning that from December 30 new security markings would be embedded on the surface of Victorian slabs, which it said would make cloning by criminals more difficult.
The security markings, which the government says resemble holograms embedded in Australian banknotes, cannot be chemically or physically removed from the foil or finished sticker without causing “irreparable damage”.
The new markings will appear on approximately 430,000 new number plates each year at no additional cost to drivers.
Anthony Carbines, Minister for Police, said the measures would reduce crime.
“We know number plate theft is a growing problem in Victoria – these new directional security markings add an extra layer of security that will stop theft and help reduce crime,” Mr Carbines said.
Roads and Safety Secretary Melissa Horne said the development was “fantastic”.
“We have been working closely with the relevant departments on a solution to combat number plate theft and it is fantastic that we can now begin deploying this new technology,” said Ms. Horne.
Originally released when Victoria Police announced new anti-theft number plate technology