Thieves stole batteries: 50-year-old can’t walk her dogs after thieves stole batteries from mobility scooter

Thieves stole batteries

Thieves stole batteries

Thieves stole batteries

I had to tell this story. Unfortunately, I feel very sorry for the lady in the story. In my opinion, stealing mobility scooter batteries is “scraping the bottom of the barrel.” Of course, when it comes to the underworld, It must happen more often than I have heard about.

All I can say is that it may be a good idea to keep a spare pair of batteries for your mobility scooter. Hence, just in case. A spare pair of batteries can also come in handy if your scooter’s batteries fail. while you are on your travels. It can and does happen, so please beware.

My wife and I visit Hull, in East Yorkshire, for the odd weekend. We like Hull because of its harbour and excellent shopping. Luckily, it is only a two-hour drive away, so it is easy for us to access. So, like most cities, Hull has its fair share of mobility scooters flying about the streets and shopping areas.

Just left parked up? Thieves stole batteries

Of course, Hull also has its fair share of pubs and restaurants. Being a large port, the city’s pubs are well frequented by sailors from all over the world. Happily, the atmosphere is always very friendly as the busy shoppers take a break for lunch or a drink or two in the pub bars.

However, I have noticed that Hull has many mobility scooters just parked up outside these establishments. Normally, then, I would not take much notice. However, now that I have read many stories about users having their mobility scooter batteries stolen when parked up outside shops and pubs.

Here are some tips to prevent mobility scooter theft. Thieves stole batteries

Lock the scooter at all times.

It goes without saying that you should always keep your mobility scooter locked, even if you only plan to leave it unattended for a short while. Consider purchasing a keychain bell that serves as a helpful reminder so that you don’t forget to remove the scooter’s ignition key before entering a store.

If your scooter has a steering-locking device, ensure it is turned on before you leave it alone.

Don’t leave any valuables in the bags or baskets of your scooter, even if you are only going to be gone for a short while. Keep your scooter locked.

Employ a scooter alarm. Thieves stole batteries

You can easily acquire scooter alarms and install them on your mobility scooter so that if someone tries to enter the vehicle when the alarm is activated, a loud noise will be made. This ought to discourage any would-be thieves from attempting to take your scooter.

Obtain a wheel lock or clamp.

It’s wise to spend money on a wheel clamp or lock to stop a mobility scooter from being rolled away when unattended. You would need to be sufficiently mobile to be able to bend down and put a clamp in place, because clamps attach to the wheel.

I would suffer from this because of my bad knees. As an alternative, there are numerous lock types that are both inexpensive to purchase and effective anti-theft devices, including chains, padlocks, U-locks, and disc locks. Anything that would put a thief off. Most thefts are “spur of the moment,” decisions by the aggressor. To further prevent the scooter from being taken away, secure the scooter to a fixed object when using it, such as a post or railing.

Purchase a tracker.

If you own a smartphone, it might be a good idea to spend money on a tracker that can be covertly installed on the scooter. It is, however, likely to be a younger disabled person who would be familiar enough with using a smart phone. I still own a “brick” phone! If your scooter disappears, tracking technology that employs GPS will be able to notify you on your phone of its location. Although it won’t stop the scooter from being stolen, doing this might help find it.

In general, it would be smart to use some sort of deterrent when leaving your wheelchair or mobility scooter unattended.

Callous thieves left an arthritic woman without the use of her mobility scooter after damaging it and stealing its batteries.

Source: Stranded: 50-year-old can’t walk her dogs after thieves stole batteries from mobility scooter (From Bournemouth Echo)

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