Some residents and shop owners at Jakpa in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State have decried the rising rate at which batteries are stolen from parked cars in the area.

A victim, Mrs Happy Oghale, on Friday expressed shock and pain over her car battery that was stolen.

“I packed my car opposite Ekpan General Hospital to purchase an item, only to discover that the engine of my car couldn’t start. A careful observation, however, revealed that my car battery was missing,” she said, adding that it was quite shocking to her as she didn’t stay away for too long.

Another lady, who gave her name as Mrs Victoria Oke, recounted how her car battery almost got stolen from where she parked her car in front of her shop, but for the CCTV camera in her shop that enabled her to see both inside and outside her shop.

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While narrating the incident, she explained how three young men wearing fez caps parked a blue Highlander SUV beside her car, came down and pretended they owned her car and wanted to carry out repairs on it.

“Initially, I thought they were customers who wanted to make purchases, but I was surprised to see that within seconds, my car door and bonnet were already opened, and they were at the verge of making away with my car battery when I raised an alarm,” she stated.

“Relevant authorities, including the local government council, should ensure that necessary measures are put in place to stem the unwholesome development.

“We need to be assured that these hoodlums would be curtailed as we currently live in fear,” she added..