The City of Nanaimo is asking for the public’s help in tracking down a defibrillator that was stolen from the Merle Logan Artificial Turf Field at Beban Park.
The city said it believes the automated external defibrillator (AED) was stolen sometime this week.
AEDs are used to detect life-threatening heart problems and send a course of electrical current through a body of a patient to shock their heart. The shock gives a heart with an irregular heartbeat a chance to restart at an effective rhythm.
The city said the AED was installed in 2014 and will cost approximately $2,000 to replace.
“AEDs are life-saving devices that have become essential assets to have in city facilities. It is really unfortunate someone thought it was worth it to take one as it has little to no resale value. We would like to recover the device so if anyone has information, please report it to the RCMP or Crime Stoppers,” Mark Demecha, manager of civic facilities with the City of Nanaimo said in a statement.
Anyone with information on the stolen AED is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.