HONOLULU (KHON2) — State officials say emergency sirens are back in service after stolen batteries were replaced.
Thieves stole 24 batteries from six sirens in windward Oahu more than a week ago.
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Emergency officials say they are increasing security measures to keep the batteries secure.
They believe this was not the work of just one person.
They are asking residents near the sirens to report any suspicious activity.
“This was a crew, so that’s what makes us concerned about this,” said logistics branch chief Dave Haffner. “We’re already working with HPD to talk through this, to figure out what our options are and how we can better defend our systems.”
The 12-volt batteries are the same type that are used on boats and cars.
Officials say the stolen ones have been painted and marked with the initials HI-EMA for the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.