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RCMP are investigating a rash of thefts involving batteries that were stolen from traffic control devices around Duncan and Shawnigan Lake.

Officers with the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment say four incidents were reported from July 2020 to October 2020, at locations including intersections of the Trans Canada Highway.

The batteries affected traffic lights and electronic constructions signs, which the RCMP are crucial to keeping roadways safe.

They say that anyone can report an inoperable traffic control device in the North Cowichan/Duncan region by calling their 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, said  Sgt. Trevor Busch.

“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 these incidents is urged to contact their local police or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).