North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP say they are investigating after batteries were stolen from traffic control devices such as traffic lights and electronic construction signs.
The thefts took place between July 2020 and October 2020. There were four reported incidents at Trans-Canada Highway intersections in Duncan and other locations near Shawnigan Lake.
Police say theft and damage to these devices is not only illegal but also “extremely reckless and dangerous.”
Anyone in the area who sees a traffic light or another traffic control device that is not working is asked to call the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP non-emergency line at 250-748-5522.
“If you approach an uncontrolled intersection, or a flashing red traffic control light, this should be treated like a four-way intersection and everyone must come to a complete stop,” Sgt. Trevor Busch, media spokesperson for North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.
“If two vehicles arrive at the same time, the one on the right goes first when it’s safe to do so.
Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact their local police or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).