Thieves targeting recreational vehicle batteries

RCMP are asking RV owners for help, with a recent rash of thefts targeting the vehicle batteries.

Chilliwack RCMP are warning RV owners about thieves who are targeting the vehicle batteries.

A rash of thefts has seen batteries swiped from RVs parked at homes. The batteries are quick and easy to steal, and thieves cash them in at metal recycling facilities.

Preventative action is the best strategy for this crime,” said Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen.

Locking mechanisms can be purchased at RV dealerships, and vehicle owners are encouraged to engrave their British Columbia driver’s license number on the battery as an identifying mark. That way, police can readily obtain owner information if an item is recovered.

As well, writing your surname and address on the battery acts as a deterrent,” said Cpl. Brock Rayworth of the Crime Reduction Unit. “Recycling businesses will not accept items that are marked with this information. And if your vehicle is not currently in use and is in storage, it is recommended that you remove the battery and store it securely.”

Get more info from the Crime Prevention Services Office. Visit them in person at 45877 Wellington Avenue or call them at 604-393-3000.

Anyone with knowledge of these thefts is asked to call Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).