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Old 05 December 2015, 17:36   #11
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Good news Sean.

Hopefully any add-ons outweigh the losses.

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Old 07 December 2015, 00:41   #12
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After a second inspection, it looks like they destroyed the ignition, and replaced one of the new wheels/tires I put on with the spare. I guess the lock on the wheel to the trailer frame held long enough to blow out the tire.

I got video of the thieves from the house down the street leaving the intersection about 300 yards from my house. They were using a U-Haul van. It looks as if they were just roaming the streets looking for something to steal because I saw the same van earlier int he night on the video. They drove by once and an hour later they stole it. They drug the boat with the tire locked to the trailer frame about 200 yards from the house and stopped for about 10 minutes where I assume they cut off the locks - they had the hazard lights on and three cars passed them without even slowing. They were just out of range from the camera at the intersection. Looks like they had no license plate on the van. The upsetting part is that the police don't even want to look at the video - even when handed to them on a silver platter.

Now I have to bulk up the security on the trailer and boat and in doing so I saw this:

and this:


It amazing how easy these measures are to defeat. I feel that there's nothing but a shotgun that'll prevent theft on the street around here.

I feel like I should never leave my garage with the boat or trailer now. And even now I may lock my trailer to my house while it's in the garage. Or I might just move to Marin if I can afford it.
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Security, for the most part (and this goes for everything from computers to trailers to cars to whatever else) is primarily designed to keep honest people honest. If someone is dead-set on stealing something - anything - they can get it despite whatever security precautions are in place.

Locks and such make it *harder* to steal rather than impossible to steal. The idea is to make the hassle outweigh the gain. You want to make the theft difficult enough that they'll move on to the next (easier) target.

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Hey John -

Thanks and I appreciate the hassel v. gain argument. I'll beef it up as much as I can and/or just take the wheels off when it's on the street. I plan on installing a spot trace and an alarm along with a wheel chock/lock.

Unfortunately insurance is almost not worth it. They value my boat at $3500 for the whole package including new tubes, outboard motor and trailer. And then they want a $500 deductible on top. I'm pretty much betting that it gets stolen in the next three years.
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I'm pretty much betting that it gets stolen in the next three years.
Let me know if you need help. I know a guy...
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