Someone in my neighborhood is stealing car batteries. I have a 99 corolla and my car was hit twice in the past week while parked on the street I live on. The thief broke my vent window, unlocked my doors, popped the hood, cut my battery terminals and the bracket that holds it down and stole the battery. I have since been taking the battery out of the car when I park it and bringing it inside.
My question - does anyone have any creative suggestions for battery theft prevention or booby trapping the car to catch the guy? I am looking into a hoodlock that locks the hood to the car frame and you need a key to open it. I’ve also heard of spray painting the battery a bright color and writing STOLEN on it to deter the thief from trying to sell the battery. What do thieves do with the batteries? Sell them? To who?
Any help is appreciated, thank you