In Milan, Italy, a group of twelve people was arrested for stealing batteries from electric motorcycles and scooters.
Stealing a battery pack from a scooter or an electric motorcycle is not so easy: they are usually well protected. Therefore, in some cases, the attackers simply loaded the electric transport into a car and took it to the base, where they calmly extracted the precious contents. After that, the batteries were sold on the used spare parts market.
The story began to unfold in early 2021, when City Scoot, one of the rental companies in Milan, contacted the police with a statement about the theft of batteries. It turned out that about 600 batteries worth about 600,000 euros were stolen from them alone.
As a result of the investigation, police apprehended a group of twelve people who stole about 700 batteries from electric transport in 2020 and 2021. Rental bicycles and scooters were hit the hardest, but private vehicles were also affected.
And the most unpleasant thing is that this is just the beginning. Yes, many batteries are protected from theft programmatically, but thieves, as it turned out, have sufficient competencies that allow them not only to remove the batteries but also to deal with their protection. So there is only an increase in this kind of crime ahead of us. And when a single standard for quick-change batteries appears, we can expect a serious surge in thefts.