Quantification of the prevalence and impact of number plate theft and misuse in Victoria and development of an optimum strategic approach to improve vehicle identification and address related crime and safety impacts

  • Stephan, Karen (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Newstead, Stuart (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • O'Hern, Steve (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Rampollard, Casey (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

VicRoads, in conjunction with the Department of Justice and Regulation and Victoria Police, are conducting a multi-stage investigation into the issues surrounding number plate theft and misuse in Victoria. This work will culminate in the development and implementation of a strategy to reduce the prevalence and impact of this problem in the Victorian community. The investigation stems from the Department of Justice and Regulation requirement to deliver on elements of the Victorian Government Community Safety Statement 2017.

Concurrent to this project are investigations to identify and trial new methods to reduce number plate theft and misuse. However an important component of this broader research project is to quantify the extent of plate theft and misuse that currently occurs. Quantification of the prevalence of the issue will allow for the benefits of prevention methods and the costs borne by the community to be estimated. This will form an integral component in the development of a business case for adoption of changes to vehicle identification methods based on the various countermeasures to be trialled. Furthermore, development of methodology to measure the extent of number plate fraud in Victoria will provide the basis on which ongoing measurement of the extent of the problem can be implemented. In turn, this will provide the basis on which to measure the success of any countermeasures ultimately implemented.
Effective start/end date24/07/1830/06/19


  • Roads Corporation (trading as VicRoads) (Victoria) : AUD231,400.00