Knockin off number plates?

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Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by Shann Low » September 9th, 2015, 12:41 pm

Mate had his custom number plates ripped off his new prado the other night! :irked:

Probably wanted for a fuel drive off most likely (or someones man cave / bar)! They were "Dodgy One" so it's possible someone wanted them for show.

So blow me down, last night the dog (bless him) bailed up a young woman shall we say of a tanned complexion, in our front yard - we have a front brick wall and gates- which just happened to be "open" at around 9.30p.m.

He barked his warning bark that told me to go out and investigate and he had her bailed behind the lads work vehicle!.

She came up with a story about a blue with her boyfriend (across the road at Harman Jaries) and would I ring a taxi for her...

So i go inside to get the phone and look up a taxi number and within a minute shes inside using the loo - convinced my 83 year old mum to "let her in"... which I was rather unhappy about.

Kept a beady eye on her casing the joint... and got her out of there ASAP.. she eventually wandered back across the road to HJ's again... after ringing a friend to come get her (supposedly).

I realized this morning that she must have been after the number plates, coz I padlocked the gates after she left, to keep her or any of her cobbers from coming back to ransack the place looking for keys etc (& relocated all wallets and keys to safer hiding spots).

Missus was leaving this morning for work at 6 a.m. and unlocked the gate to step out and cross the road to catch a bus & a young Asian guy on a pushbike right outside the gates did a panic and rode circles across the road and around HJ's up and down the highway each way but kept coming back - until the missus caught her bus and left for work..

I "suspect" that whatever tool the young lass was using to undo the plates she 'dumped' into the garden.. near the vehicle when the dog bailed her, and I arrived on scene.

I "suspect" that he was coming back to grab whatever 'evidence' (tool with finger prints) that she left behind!
I've searched and can't find it (yet)...
Haven't had any such 'issues' in quite some time...but it seems they are back!
Probably time I went and got my shotty back.... :lol: ;) :D

Whats this fricken world coming too? :confused:

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Re: Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by Shann Low » September 9th, 2015, 1:06 pm

Ohh and yesterday the lady from the legal department of the tax office (yeah calling from a call center in India or Pakistan FFS) rang to threaten with jail if I didn't send money to her account immediately... :rolleyes:

Fair dinkum... I'd just nuke half the world, if I had control of the big red button - a drone with sidewinders for every call center! :irked:

Dunno why we put up with this sh!te! :rolleyes:

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Re: Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by BennyT50 » September 9th, 2015, 1:11 pm

Shann Low,

Go to Supercheap, they have these number plate screws that will only let you insert them and they cannot then be removed.

Have put them on my cars and those of other family members.

The heads of the screw only has the slot at the head half way across - this lets you screw them in and since there is no slot on the other side, they cannot be removed.

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Re: Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by chris_stoffa » September 9th, 2015, 1:22 pm

Local Crimestoppers /Police station PR may have them also - Or Pop rivet them on.

BUT make sure that you use at least four ( never 2, they just metal fatigue the plates off ) and that the whole plate is firm against the body/bumper.
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Re: Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by Shann Low » September 9th, 2015, 2:58 pm

I think Bunnings probably have them... I'll do all the vehicles at once and be done with it. :thumb:
Just when your beginning to think it's safe out there again, eh?
I guess we go back to padlocking the gate every night again :rolleyes:.
It's a nuisance - locking and unlocking and if they really want too they just use bolt cutters on the chain links.
Probably should buy some extra hardened chain, how difficult is it to harden and temper the chain I already have to make it more difficult to cut?
But hopefully it deters most from wanting to steal a car if they can't get it out of the yard past the gates - they move on and hopefully target someone else's that's easier to nick.
We stopped having most of the trouble once we got the dog... and last night he proved his worth.
Couple extra bones to chew on today as a reward. :thumb:

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Re: Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by chris_stoffa » September 9th, 2015, 3:18 pm

Shann Low wrote: I guess we go back to padlocking the gate every night again :rolleyes:.
It's a nuisance - locking and unlocking and if they really want too they just use bolt cutters on the chain links.
Probably should buy some extra hardened chain, how difficult is it to harden and temper the chain I already have to make it more difficult to cut?
But hopefully it deters most from wanting to steal a car if they can't get it out of the yard past the gates - they move on and hopefully target someone else's that's easier to nick.
We stopped having most of the trouble once we got the dog... and last night he proved his worth.
Couple extra bones to chew on today as a reward. :thumb:
Its the old "security In depth" theory, put enough layers of security in place and they will seek an easier target - unless the target is worth all that risk

The Rottweiller behind the Locked gates, sensor lights , CCTV, car alarms /immobilizers / trackers and locks as well as good insurance as final backup .

Sad and Bad that we have to do it but do it we must.
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Re: Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by hoyks » September 9th, 2015, 5:02 pm

A mate of mine lived in the NT and kept having his plates stolen. They were distinctive and being personalised NT plates, tourists were the prime suspect.

He rolled into the workshop and we installed the new plates with aircraft grate hardened steel blind fasteners. Only way to get them off was with a tungsten carbide drill, but the head looks like a 3/8 hex head bolt.
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One day he noticed that the finish under one of the fastener heads was a bit damaged, so some hopeful thief must have sat there with a spanner for a while, wondering why the bolt wasn't coming out.

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Re: Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by chris_stoffa » September 9th, 2015, 5:07 pm

Bro In Law is an aircraft engineer............ he's got dozens of them , great idea !!!
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Re: Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by Shann Low » September 9th, 2015, 5:31 pm

What's it take to install them? Some kinda special air craft tool?...
I'm keen to give it a go!.

Off to see the locksmith tomorrow - he has some a that chain that's neigh on impossible to cut with bolt cutters and some special hardened padlock that can't be bump keyed or shimmed open with a coke can & the clasp end is shrouded so bolt cutters can't get at it - says probably only a battery powered hand grinder with cutting blade is the only thing will get thru it, but not before I hear it hopefully!.

Might put my mind to what else I can do to modify the gates to make them harder to get open... maybe some more movement sensor lights outside...

What I REALLY want is one of these auto sentry systems that pops up from auto turret in the roof - connected to the movement sensor light to trigger it off.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QcfZGDvHU8

Preferably glow in the dark paint balls so the plods can see them running down the street in the dark easier!. :lol:

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Re: Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by paulyg » September 9th, 2015, 7:16 pm

You need a Trunk Monkey, go on google it, you now you want to.

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Re: Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by BigDutchy » September 9th, 2015, 7:23 pm

The plates of "my" school bus got stolen a few months ago. I take the bus home every day and left the bus outside the gate as i was leaving really early that morning for a school camp. That got only a little delayed because I had to call the cops etc
I got a reference number. I copied this in large font and stuck it on the place were my plates used to be. I drove around 7 days like that and was not pulled over once....

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Re: Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by hoyks » September 9th, 2015, 7:28 pm

Shann Low wrote:What's it take to install them? Some kinda special air craft tool?...
I'm keen to give it a go!.
Specialist tools required, sorry.

He did set it up for cats, but it would work on low life thieves too....just fill the hose with blu-loo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIbkLjjlMV8

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Re: Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by Gary_M » September 9th, 2015, 7:30 pm

Maybe its the wine in the diff they were after?

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Re: Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by nilla60 » September 9th, 2015, 8:58 pm

They are great fasteners! I have to get some of those!

Someone was slowly drilling out the pop rivets on dad's shed door (regular alloy rivets) over a number of nights. He waited until they'd drilled most of them out for him, then replaced them with stainless ones.

Since she got in to use the loo, you can bet she's cased the place. At least having your mum there makes it less attractive as it's likely someone will always be home.

Can't stand thieves!

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Re: Knockin off number plates?

Unread post by Goldylux » September 9th, 2015, 9:01 pm

Some donkey thought it would be funny to put a firecracker
on the back window of my car and rip the plates off. Unluckily for
them they got pulled over with the plates in the car and
got done for blowing up a number of things.

They had been doing rounds and putting fireworks in mailboxes, gardens,
what ever.

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