28 Jul '15, 2pm

Simple Bolt Deters Hybrid Battery Thieves

The answer to keeping one’s self from being a victim of hybrid battery thieves may be security bolts. This at least is the takeaway from a CBS News affiliate, which reports the incidence of their theft is on the rise in the San Francisco Bay Area. The used goods are becoming as hot as stolen iPhones, says the report, and carry a value in the neighborhood of $1,000 for the thieves. Security bolt – thief deterrent. Hybrid batteries that come from the automaker bolted down in the car can be can be accessed and stolen inside of one minute, even as quick as 30 seconds once the thieves are in the car. One man, Jim Elkins, was reported as having to spend over $11,000 to have his Prius repaired after the invasion. The bolts appear to be the tamper resistant variety, as sold by commercial fastener distributors. These replace the original bolts and need a special socket to remove. N...

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