Protect your batteries by painting them PINK!

Paint It Pink Battery Theft January 2019

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 9:50am 11th January 2019.

Hampshire Police is calling on rural communities to help them tackle these kinds of thefts.

High value batteries, like the ones used in tractors and large vehicles or for electric fences, are a popular choice for thieves.

Offenders try to sell them on at scrapyards for their lead content.

Last month, thieves were caught on CCTV at a farm in Shrewton, with a number of car batteries stolen during a burglary.

Paint It Pink Battery Theft January 2019
Hampshire Police Sergeant Andy Williams and Police Staff Investigator Melody Manning with the Paint It Pink flyers

PAINT IN PINK SAY POLICE:

Now, Hampshire's County Watch policing team has come up with an idea that could help to deter thieves.

They've suggested that we paint any of those kinds of batteries bright pink, and etch in our postcodes.

Police are also working with scrapyards to make sure they report any items brought in to them marked in that way.

Paint It Pink Battery Theft January 2019

Police Staff Investigator Melody Manning said:

"Batteries are often stolen from barns, outhouses, yards and fields, as well as electric fences, temporary traffic lights, vehicles and caravans.

"Battery theft costs owners hundreds of pounds and, in some cases, can lead to livestock escaping.

"We're urging people to paint their batteries pink to help tackle this costly crime."

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