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Police issue warning after 65 battery thefts

Wednesday, 18th May 2011.

Police are urging the public to be vigilant following a number of thefts of batteries across West Suffolk since the start of April.

A total of 65 batteries have been stolen in three distinct categories batteries from vehicles and plant, batteries from fencing or bird scarers, and scrap batteries.

The advice being given by police is:
Vehicles keep vehicles in a secure garage, or in a well-lit, public place. Additional bonnet locks and brackets for batteries are available to keep these areas more secure. Use lighting, alarms, secure gates and CCTV to keep your property safe.
Fences and bird scarers these are designed for use in more remote areas, so regularly check your equipment and ensure access cannot be gained to your land unlawfully.
Scrap if you have scrap items, take them to scrap yards or recycling centres as soon as possible rather than leaving them lying around your property. Report to police any suspicious callers, persons or vehicles.

Lead-free batteries are available, which will be less attractive to thieves.

Anyone with any information about battery theft should call Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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