Crime Tracker: Battery Thefts On The Rise - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Crime Tracker: Battery Thefts On The Rise

Posted: Updated:

SPOKANE, Wash. - Boats and RVs are in heavy use right now as people enjoy the summer months, but thieves are now cashing in on a vital piece of those recreational vehicles. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says thieves are stealing batteries right off of the vehicles. Criminals are also taking batteries from heavy machinery. 

The batteries will get a thief $10 a piece at the recycler. Spokane County Deputy Christopher Johnston says it's a rising trend. The Sheriff's office used to see reports of the theft every couple of days. Now, Deputy Johnston says it's receiving multiple reports every day of battery theft. It's a quick and easy crime. Deputy Johnston says "It's a very easy thing to spot from a distance. 

You can see a boat in a driveway, maybe a trolling motor a camper trailer or something like that. You know there's a good chance that the battery is going to be there and the batteries are going to be in use, because people are using these vehicles right now." However, there are ways to keep from becoming a victim. 

Deputy Johnston says to park your recreational vehicles in secure, well-lit areas. He also recommends taking the batteries off of the vehicle when you're not using it. The guys in the automotive department at the General Store also had some ideas. 

They recommended putting the battery into a box, bolting it down and even buying a padlock to secure it. It also recommended disguising the battery inside of a looked toolbox, bolted into place. Replacing a stolen battery can be costly. 

They run between $50 and $80. The prevention measures aren't necessarily easy, but they're well worth it and will hopefully keep you from becoming a victim.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • BACK TO SCHOOL: See where your school ranks in performance

    BACK TO SCHOOL: See where your school ranks in performance

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:53:53 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Two schools in the Spokane area received top rankings based on a new assessment, according to the Washington Policy Center. Using assessments based on a study by the Washington State Board of Education, the Washington Policy Center ranked schools on an "A to F-" scale, with 14 percent of schools in in and around Spokane finishing with A's or B's.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Two schools in the Spokane area received top rankings based on a new assessment, according to the Washington Policy Center. Using assessments based on a study by the Washington State Board of Education, the Washington Policy Center ranked schools on an "A to F-" scale, with 14 percent of schools in in and around Spokane finishing with A's or B's.>>
  • Throwback Thursday! Look At 'Sunshine Shelly' Through The Years!

    Throwback Thursday! Look At 'Sunshine Shelly' Through The Years!

    Thursday, March 20 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-03-20 17:04:11 GMT
    KHQ.COM - It's throwback Thursday! Here is a slideshow we would like to share of Shelly Monahan through the years! For those of you who have been in Spokane for many years, and saw her through her "Sunshine Shelly" days, you will probably remember the Shelly from back in those days. Enjoy!>>
    KHQ.COM - It's throwback Thursday! Here is a slideshow we would like to share of Shelly Monahan through the years! For those of you who have been in Spokane for many years, and saw her through her "Sunshine Shelly" days, you will probably remember the Shelly from back in those days. Enjoy!>>
  • Dog shot and killed by deputy in Spokane Valley

    Dog shot and killed by deputy in Spokane Valley

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:02 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:02:40 GMT
    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Spokane County deputy shot and killed a dog Wednesday afternoon in Spokane Valley after he said the dog attacked him.>>
    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Spokane County deputy shot and killed a dog Wednesday afternoon in Spokane Valley after he said the dog attacked him. The Sheriff's Office told KHQ the deputy was trying to return property to the home near Sprague and Henry. INSIDE>>>|RAW INTERVIEW from the dog's owner|>>
  • CrimeTrackerMore>>

  • Don’t Be Easy Target For Intruders

    Don’t Be Easy Target For Intruders

    Thursday, May 22 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-05-22 18:04:47 GMT
    Spokane Police say a man broke into a home late Wednesday morning through a back door and threatened the man who lived there with a gun. It happened near the intersection of Crestline and Wabash in Northeast Spokane.>>
    Spokane Police say a man broke into a home late Wednesday morning through a back door and threatened the man who lived there with a gun. It happened near the intersection of Crestline and Wabash in Northeast Spokane.>>
  • PHOTOS: CASH REWARD offered for information leading to the arrest of these FUGITIVES

    PHOTOS: CASH REWARD offered for information leading to the arrest of these FUGITIVES

    Monday, August 25 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-08-25 23:42:28 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering cash rewards for any information leading to the arrest of the fugitives listed on their website as of August 21, 2014. If you recognize any of these fugitives, you are asked call 1-800-222 TIPS.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering cash rewards for any information leading to the arrest of the fugitives listed on their website as of August 21, 2014. If you recognize any of these fugitives, you are asked call 1-800-222 TIPS.>>
  • Fugitive Friday: WANTED: Sarah Langford

    Fugitive Friday: WANTED: Sarah Langford

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:06 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:06:33 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The KHQ CrimeTrackers are helping Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest track down a fugitive on the run. Her name is Sarah Langford. The 27-year-old has been spotted in Spokane Valley and the University City area. Langford is wanted for identity theft, and has been convicted on misdemeanor and felony theft charges.>>
    KHQ.COM - The KHQ CrimeTrackers are helping Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest track down a fugitive on the run. Her name is Sarah Langford. The 27-year-old has been spotted in Spokane Valley and the University City area. Langford is wanted for identity theft, and has been convicted on misdemeanor and felony theft charges.>>