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Rural Battery Theft Advice Issued Following Thefts On The Isle Of Wight

Police have issued advice following recent rural battery thefts on the Isle of Wight.

Between 24 and 26 January this year, large batteries were stolen from rural areas in Cowes, Shorwell, Yarmouth and Brighstone.

The specialist Country Watch team will be following up enquiries into these incidents, and in the meantime are urging rural communities to be aware of ‘Paint it Pink’ advice.

Batteries such as those used in vehicles and for electric fences can be a popular choice for thieves, who sell them at scrapyards for their lead content.

Battery theft not only puts owners at a financial loss but also, in some cases, this type of crime is a risk to livestock escaping.

Ensure thieves don’t want your batteries by etching your unique postcode onto them and painting them pink to make them unmissable.

Marking them in this way deters thieves from stealing them as there’s a better chance of detection.

Take a look at the flyer here for full details.

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