Investigators working to prevent vehicle battery thefts - WFXG FOX 54 - News Now

Investigators working to prevent vehicle battery thefts

Example of marked batteries Example of marked batteries
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Over the past few weeks the CSRA has had an increase in automotive battery thefts. Reports of battery thefts are occurring at residential and commercial properties, new and used car lots, and automotive repair shops. Thieves are breaking into automobiles, tractor trucks, dump trucks, construction and farm equipment with the sole intention of stealing the batteries.

Unfortunately the new metal theft law (HB 872) does not regulate batteries making it difficult to catch the thieves responsible.

The CSRA have been working with victims of these reported thefts offering low cost –prevention techniques that have been successful in preventing metal thefts and apprehension of the responsible thief. Below is a few of these crime prevention techniques:

**MARK YOUR METAL**

Batteries are targeted by metal thieves to sell to recycling centers as this is one of the only state exceptions to receive cold hard cash.

 

1) Batteries can be engraved with the owner's initials or other identification markings that could be linked to them. Previous victims have also used paint pens to mark their batteries with identifiable markings.

 

2) Batteries can be marked with a can of high visibility neon colored spray paint (Neon Pink, Orange, Green, Yellow etc.). The high visibility paint acts as deterrence to thieves and makes it easier for law enforcement to identify your stolen batteries if they should show up at recycling centers.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild after Hurricane Maria

    A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild after Hurricane Maria

    Thursday, September 21 2017 3:46 AM EDT2017-09-21 07:46:11 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 1:27 PM EDT2017-09-21 17:27:12 GMT

    Maria hit the island Wednesday morning as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years.

    More >>

    Maria hit the island Wednesday morning as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years.

    More >>
  • Body found at collapsed Mexico school; girl still trapped

    Body found at collapsed Mexico school; girl still trapped

    Thursday, September 21 2017 2:05 AM EDT2017-09-21 06:05:54 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 1:26 PM EDT2017-09-21 17:26:38 GMT

    A delicate effort to reach a young girl buried in the rubble of her school stretched into a daylong vigil, much of it broadcast across Mexico as rescue workers still struggled in rain and darkness early Thursday trying to reach her.

    More >>

    A delicate effort to reach a young girl buried in the rubble of her school stretched into a daylong vigil, much of it broadcast across Mexico as rescue workers still struggled in rain and darkness early Thursday trying to reach her.

    More >>
  • Bernie Casey, pro football player turned actor, dies

    Bernie Casey, pro football player turned actor, dies

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 7:55 PM EDT2017-09-20 23:55:35 GMT
    Thursday, September 21 2017 1:26 PM EDT2017-09-21 17:26:09 GMT
    (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this May 23, 2014 file photo, Bernie Casey appears after a performance of "The Tallest Tree in the Forest" in in Los Angeles. Casey, the professional football player turned actor known for parts in “R...(Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this May 23, 2014 file photo, Bernie Casey appears after a performance of "The Tallest Tree in the Forest" in in Los Angeles. Casey, the professional football player turned actor known for parts in “R...

    Bernie Casey, a professional football player turned actor known for parts in "Revenge of the Nerds" and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," has died.

    More >>

    Bernie Casey, a professional football player turned actor known for parts in "Revenge of the Nerds" and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," has died.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly