Car batteries are hot property for thieves

2015-11-03 06:00
Police are urging residents to mark their car batteries after a spate of thefts in recent months. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Police are urging residents to mark their car batteries after a spate of thefts in recent months. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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Following an increase in theft out of cars in the Lentegeur policing precinct, officers are urging residents to be more vigilant.

Sergeant Cathy Meyer, police spokesperson, says they have heard of an increased number of cases in recent months.

“We are seeing specifically an increase in car battery thefts. We are urging residents to clearly mark their car batteries,” she says.

Police find many of the stolen batteries but have no way of linking them to any cases.

“All of our legal second-hand dealers are on board and inform us when batteries are brought in,” she says.

Many of these batteries are being stolen to be sold.

If batteries are marked it can help in tracing suspects who sell them to second-hand dealers.

When marked batteries are stolen, be sure to add a description of the markings when reporting the theft to the police.

– Samantha Lee

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