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The sad fact is that our depleted police will often not even come out for house break ins and accidents if no injury. So the thieves know that it's very unlikely that they will be caught, and that they can spend extra time overcoming any obstacles.

How about offering free membership for your local Police social club?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote PeterG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 19 at 10:03am
Fine until people start cutting transoms off, as has happened round here in the past. Though I agree it does reduce the likelihood a lot..
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Post Options Post Options   Quote zimbob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 19 at 11:02am
Jeffers - can you clarify what you mean by welding the bolts in? How would this prevent the transom being chainsawed off as we have also heard that this tends to be a popular approach?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jeffers Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 19 at 12:30pm
Originally posted by zimbob

Jeffers - can you clarify what you mean by welding the bolts in? How would this prevent the transom being chainsawed off as we have also heard that this tends to be a popular approach?

We may have been lucky in that they didn't have a chainsaw with them. There wee spanners all over the place there they had tried and failed. They used a hiab to get the engine they got over the compound fence and turned all the cameras away so they couldn't be observed (don't even get me started on that).

We have been visited since and they stole the tractor we use to launch and recover (which was ony a few months old).

At least the club has made some changes to try and mitigate that including an alarm that directly calls various committee members when it gets triggered.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 19 at 12:35pm
Not sure people turning up to a robbery in progress a very good idea, likely to end badly.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 19 at 12:56pm
No but they can call the police while it's happening rather than next weekend when it is discovered.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 19 at 1:17pm
True, to make sure Police actually turn up, tell them a couple of female members have gone to investigate.
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I believe that Google Earth makes the crims work so much easier; I worked for insurers on a case where a load of engines were chain sawed off off.  The access was through a neighbouring field which was only obvious by the aerial view provided by Google Earth.

More recently a load of boats were launched in the middle of the night from a local yard and floated away to an isolated location, where the engines were chain sawed off.

On another occasion the crims were caught red handed, but the police were unable to attend because the only patrol was 20 miles away.

To summarise, outboard engine theft is a professional operation and if the tea leaves have targeted you there is little to be done in this day and age.

It also beggars the question as to whether many of the outboard engines offered by a well known marketplace website are “legal”?
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The Harbour Commissioners at Wells Next The Sea in conjunction I think with Norfolk Constabulary sell weatherproof plastic covers which replace the engine cowling when not in use which is taken home. An engine without a cowling is not an attractive proposition to criminals.

The scheme has been running for a number of years and outboard theft in the harbour has been virtually eliminated
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