A housing firm in Essex is considering introducing tighter security for mobility scooter storage after thieves broke through fencing and removed batteries from a number of scooters that were charging.
The thieves forced open a gate at Wimborne House in Dovercourt to get to the mobility scooters and take their batteries and chargers, according to reports.
Residents’ scooters are kept in a locked store while charging but now some have been left stranded without their equipment and having to fork out hundreds of pounds to replace stolen parts.
The sheltered housing block, which is run by Sanctuary Housing, has more than 30 flats.
The association told a local newspaper that it contacted police after discovering the locked gate to the scooter store had been forced open and “a number of scooter batteries” had been stolen.
A spokesperson told the Gazette and Standard: “We are making sure affected residents have additional help following this heartless theft and would ask anyone who believes they may have information about it to call the police.
“We are also looking at additional security options for the scooter store.”