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    Posted: 16 Nov 19 at 4:20pm
We are a sailing club in the countryside with no neighbours and recent events suggest we are being targetted for our ribs and engines in their containers. What steps can we take to deter / foil the thieves? What has worked for you? CCTV, lighting, motion sensors, etc?
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Scrub the paint or whatever finish is on your engine cover, make it less attractive. Padlocked to wall etc, we have been burgled, but not taken engine yet.
Depressing thing is last twice they have cherry picked boat spares, clearly they know about dinghies.
My club in a similar situation, no one within miles. we have cameras and alarm, one of those screaming sounders that disorentate you, looking at a smoke machine.

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Painting the covers, use the pens that can't be seen in normal light so you can identify them (smart water?) keep the boats afloat in the middle of the lake. Hopefully it will work, but sadly not necessarily. Good quality CCTV that can actually make out who people are. Tracker devices hidden in the engines. A shoot on sight policy?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote zeon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Nov 19 at 10:30pm
A shoot on sight policy seems a little harsh for engine thieves. But I am more than happy for it to be used for iGRF 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Nov 19 at 9:38am
I admit I was running out of ideas...

iGRF is too small to be seen!
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Thanks for the responses so far; a couple of points - we spoke to the insurance but the policy is void if we park the ribs on the water  Unhappy. We know these guys use grinders so padlocks and chains are unlikely to hold them up. I like the idea of the smart pens and the loud noise to disorientate so we'll investigate those two. Anything else worth considering?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Nov 19 at 1:39pm
Etch club and post code onto the metal. Anything to make them harder to sell on.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Nov 19 at 5:45pm
In many cases they'll be going abroad where buyers won't be bothered about engraved postcodes or WHY. But you have to do whatever you can. 

When thieves targeted the boat compound at the caravan site a few years ago they just chainsawed the transoms out of the boats........
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We welded the attachment bolts on our which saved us a couple of engines. The only one they got was one that had been recently refitted and not welded.

its a pain as you need new bolts each time the engines come off but this is a rare occurrence

The other  ideas like painting the covers and using smart markers are great as it means they are identifiable.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 19 at 9:50am
Also stops engine falling off.
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