Street Watch Knox: Numberplate thefts on the rise

Numberplate thefts continue to be a huge problem in Knox. Almost one third of reported thefts from cars in Knox last week was for stolen numberplates. On July 21-22, seven thefts from cars were reported in Knox, with three cases of stolen numberplates. Police are urging people to go to Knox or Boronia police stations or Bunnings to find out how to get free antitheft screws.

In other Street Watch news:


A Mooroolbark man, 30, has been charged in relation to a robbery in Boronia. Police allege a man jumped the counter of a moneylending store on Boronia Rd at 10.47am on June 3. Once he was behind the counter, with staff and customers still there, he went to a rear office and took cash from the safe. Knox CIU detective Senior Sergeant Neil White said the man was charged with robbery and attempted robbery. He was bailed and was due to appear in Ringwood Magistrates’ Court on August 1.


Two cars were set on fire in the front yard and driveway of a home in Bryden Drive at 2.05am on July 28, and police believe it may have been a targeted attack. Sen-Sgt White said a silver Holden Commodore and blue Daewoo Sedan were extensively damaged. Police are looking for witnesses, Any details to Crime Stoppers.


Police were called to Chappell Drive early last Friday morning after two shots were fired from a shotgun into the rear of a vehicle that was parked in the street. Police believe the address where the incident took place was specifically targeted. Detectives from the Knox crime investigation unit are investigating. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.


Owners of luxury cars are being urged to secure their log books. Police are warning they have seen an increase in people smashing windows of cars, including Audis, to steal the vehicle service log book. They recommend owners remove the books and store them in a safe place.

A driver has escaped uninjured after they lost control of their car, which then went down an embankment and flipped. The driver lost control on a bend on Mountain Highway on Monday last week, about 1km from The Basin shops. The crash prompted Boronia police to warn people to drive safely in wet weather.


Criminals are impersonating police by calling the owners of stolen laptops and iPads to gain access to personal details. A number of people have recently become the victims of identity theft after freely handing over passwords and other information to criminals. Police warn residents to be wary about giving personal information such as email addresses or passwords to anyone, and ring police to make sure callers are genuine.


Jobseekers are being warned about an increase in the number of employment scams, with criminals targeting legitimate recruitment websites to steal identities and money. Most employment scams happen via mobile phone, email and free websites, but Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chairwoman Delia Rickard said scammers were continually changing their techniques. “It’s a trend that we are starting to see scammers placing job ads on legitimate sites like Seek. You apply for the job and there’s no job there,” she said.


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