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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 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 ian.r.mcdonald Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 19 at 10:02am
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 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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Post Options Post Options   Quote jeffers Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Nov 19 at 9:47am
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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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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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 zimbob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Nov 19 at 10:04am
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 9:38am
I admit I was running out of ideas...

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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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