Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Crime Alert: Batteries being stolen off RV's, Campers, Golf Carts

Boise, Feb 5, 2013 - Boise Police are investigating a series of battery thefts taken out of parked RV's. The department wants to alert citizens to protect their property and prevent becoming a victim of crime.

According to reports taken by officers since Jan 1st, 2013, battery thefts have been found on RV's, campers, boats, and golf carts. To date, in Boise City these have all occurred in residential neighborhoods citywide. Officers beliebe the thefts may be motivated by the recycling value of the batteries.

Crime Prevention Tips: Boise Police crime Prevention experts have contacted local camper and RV dealers who have provided the following tips:

  1. Chain the battery with the propane tank (all in one) to the tongue
  2. Remove the battery and take it into the garage for safe keeping and so the battery doesn’t freeze.  Also, keep the battery charged to a 1 amp charger to keep it healthy
  3. If RV or boats are kept in a storage facility and the battery was not secured or removed, owners are advised to take time to go and check and secure the battery. Although no battery thefts have been reported from secure storage areas to date, Boise Police advise owners to take this precaution.

Boise Police have alerted Neighborhood Watch groups to share this information among neighbors, particularly those who keep their RV, boat, or golf cart on their property. 

As always, Boise Police urge citizens to be watchful of their neighborhood. If you see or hear suspicious activity, please call police dispatch immediately via 911. An officer will be sent to investigate. 

Crime Stoppers: If anyone has information about the stolen batteries, they're urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. A citizen can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.