Police warn of rash of RV battery thefts in Abbotsford

Items are being stolen from across the community

RV batteries similar to these are being stolen from parked vehicles across Abbotsford

RV batteries similar to these are being stolen from parked vehicles across Abbotsford

The Abbotsford Police Department is warning the public about a rash of RV battery thefts taking place throughout the community.

Const. Paul Walker said police began receiving reports in December that thieves were stealing the items from recreational vehicles parked in driveways and at dealerships across Abbotsford.

He said police believe the culprits are using a vehicle during the thefts because the batteries would be too conspicuous and heavy for someone to walk around with.

Walker said although some metal-recycling facilities will pay money for the items, police have spoken with local businesses and none report receiving an influx of RV batteries.

Police speculate that the stolen goods are being exchanged at recycling facilities outside of Abbotsford.

Walker said anyone who is the victim of an RV battery theft and hasn’t reported the incident to police should do so by calling 604-859-5225 or texting 222973 (abbypd). Any suspicious activity should also be reported to those numbers.

Walker said police are also interested in viewing any video surveillance footage that could be related to the thefts.

He recommends that individuals remove the batteries from their RVs and store them indoors when their vehicle is not in use.