Heavy vehicle operators in the Hawke's Bay are being advised by police to secure their vehicles after a spate of battery thefts in the region.
Over the past few months there have been 19 reports of heavy vehicle batteries being stolen from commercial businesses and rural properties in Napier, and 13 reports in Hastings.
Acting Detective Sergeant Stephen Leonard says people should make an effort to record the details of their batteries.
“Making these batteries difficult for thieves to get to by parking your vehicles in a secure place or in a well-lit area is the best thing to do,” said Leonard.
Drivers were advised to either mark their batteries, or consider ”installing CCTV or wireless alert systems which can activate an alarm in your house to alert you that someone is in your shed by alarm or light sensors”, Leonard said.