security and looking out for each other.
Hello everyone.. its that summer time of the year again. Where people from all over visit or people who normally won’t come out until the blazing heat is going on. Sadly this brings about a few issues. One of which I have experienced myself—not just at percy priest but different states as well. First I would like to say that I did ask Brian if I could post something like this and he said it was ok. second I do not like thieves. These are people who take stuff for various reasons but the main one is they feel they deserve what ever it is that you have more than you do. they don’t want to work for it, they don’t want to save for it, either way it is a fact. When I was stationed in California I had a boat stolen right out of my garage. I know I have posted this statement before but the cop basically told me it was my fault. Because I apparently didn’t lock everything down, because I didn’t put an alarm on it, and even though it was in my locked garage and the thieves figured out a way to open my power garage door it was all my fault. He even said that trusting people like me are the reason thieves exist anyway. Trust me when I say that not only did I feel like it WAS my fault but I was angry that a cop would say such a thing. To top it off he was a military cop and I lived in military housing. Suppose to trust our own right? Well when I came home and I received my Disabled veteran tags I figured I would be safe. Not at all. I had my tow ball (Nothing else because I didn’t bring my boat along this time) but my tow ball stolen. It made me realize that even though I have locks all over the place to protect my boat and my trailer they were not actually safe. At any time all someone had to do was loosen the nut on the tow ball and move it over to a an empty receiver. When I talked to a cop about it he said “Oh yea people snatch trailers and boats that way” so I went home and researched and found only one lock for that very purpose. There are entire receivers that have locked tow balls but the cost a LOT of money and most are made of aluminum. I posted a link to the lock I use for this.
Now I have heard many people say that it doesn’t matter what you do if they want it they will get. I do agree with this but if you do not make it easy for them it will slow them down. The BEST security is actually the group of us who go fishing on a regular basis whether its a life style or a job. I have asked myself if someone at the ram saw someone at a truck taking off a tow ball would they have said something to this odd scenario. Two years ago I loaded my boat at stewart creek ramp. I had not put any upgrades on it but when I tied off my boat there was a guy on the pier saying “That’s a real nice boat..” said it a few times.even though it was seemingly a compliment I felt funny about it. So I grabbed my key real quick and said thank you and ran to my truck to park it. (I solo launch a lot) by the time I parked it and got out I saw the same man that complimented me was on my boat and grabbing rods and other gear. Now I do carry a 45 and my first knee jerk reaction was to pull it and start yelling. He dropped my stuff on the pier and jumped in his boat with his buddy and took off real fast. I guess he saw my gun. I got to the pier and put my gear back in my boat. I didn’t notice at first but there was a couple of guys loading their boat and they were right behind me. they just kind of laughed and said “Well that’s why you never turn your back on your boat people just grab stuff”… I could only just say “Well hell thanks for saying something” and their only reply was “Well not my business.” So I asked myself… All the locks and all the security in the world does no good if people just stand by and watch. I mean yea locks can slow them down but if no one says anything while they break out the bolt cutters and hack saws then whats the point.
When we first signed up for Brian’s website there is a video and some written quotes and one says “You spend thousands of dollars of a boat and equipment” So I quite that again. We spend thousands of dollars of Boats, electronic equipment, fishing gear, rods, reels, lures, and extra modifications. We also spend hundreds more on security but what is the point if people are just going to let someone grab it. i have talked to a few fisherman and they have said “Well would you say anything” Of course I would.. If I noticed something a little shady obviously someone wouldn’t have to disconnect their own trailer by removing the tow ball.. and if I see someone solo launch and while they are parking their vehicle if someone else jumps on their boat and start grabbing stuff that’s shady too. If you look at the news there have been a few instances of a fisherman stopping as a gas station and running in for a second but when they come out someone has snatched electronics or gear. Sadly again all the security can only slow them down but slowing them down is sometimes enough. I have insurance too but I was told that if I do everything I can to secure my boat then making a claim would be easier plus they would give me discounts. But like in California. they replaced my boat… it wasn’t the same at all. it wasn’t the boat that I had bonded with.. it wasn’t the boat that I had modified and upgraded. In fact they didn’t cover the additions and modifications because I didn’t make a list and take pictures. So I had to start over. So yes insurance will replace your boat but what about the day you pull in your boat and your trailer is gone. Or one or both wheels are gone. Talk about inconvenience. You have to call your insurance… find a trailer immediately and wait… Or you load you boat in the water and someone snatches all your gear… what then. Even if you lock it all down people can snatch it but it take a little while longer if they have to go through locks.
I have to admit there is nothing more annoying than having to carry a box of keys so that I would be able to adjust a screen or move a ram mount. Or to unlock my storage lockers and rod lockers. Believe me I would rather be able to just launch my boat with my gear at the ready and not have to tote my heavy tackle box down to the pier. But according to police that trusting nature just tempts thieves… For those who haven’t done this this is a good set up all around.
An RJ Tow Ball lock or a receiver with a welded ball on it.
Hitch receiver lock (preferably a round key or something difficult to pick)
for those who have a swing away don’t just lock the pin that it comes with.. get a receiver lock that fits flush and keep a spare king pin just in case.
Get some locks for ram mounts GPS and sonar screens.
Of course use your rod lockers… believe me i love having mine out and ready and its a pain to pull them out on the water.. but it beats carrying them.. plus most Daiwa, shimano, Abu Garcia and such reels and rods are pretty expensive.
If you have a lockable tackle locker use it or Just carry it like I do.
If you can afford it get a boat alarm.
These ideas are not just for the launch ramps but while you are on trips too. Stopping at gas stations or at a camp site. It’s the summer crowds that increase the likelihood of theft and like I have said as a group we fishermen need to look out for each other. I have actually tested many different locks… ordering them and testing how long it takes to cut through them… a lot of the ones you get at walmart, or lowes, or even auto zone can be taken down easily with a hack saw.. I suggest going to https://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Hitch_Accessories-sf-Hitch_Lock-gw-Stainless_Steel.aspx they have the harder to cut locks and you can get them in stainless steel. The tow ball locks are a good investment too https://www.amazon.com/RJ-Lock-replacement-Trailer-Prevent/dp/B00YZ56RJE/188-5307263-6037204?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0 these are the only ones I have been able to find for standard two balls and receivers. But they are only as good as your receiver.. I use solid receivers and while they are heavy they are not easy to cut at all.
I know this is all a pain. I hated having to look into this but I didn’t want to have my son out on the boat and come back to my trailer gone or what happened tho the man in smyrna where he launched his boat and while his daughter was on board someone jumped into the boat and started grabbing stuff and when he ran to the boat he was shot in front of his own daughter. Its scary to think such a peaceful sport and lifestyle would come to such things. I seriously doubt anyone on here is a thief.. but we all share the same lake… the same space and same passion.. let look out for each other. You don’t have to be like me and carry… but that’s my choice. Believe me if I see something shady I would say something or call the police myself. Believe me I don’t even look like a fisherman but I don’t think someone needs a hacksaw or wrenches to for their trailer… I can put links on here for some of the locks and security devices I have tested myself if anyone wants me to.. I just want us all to be able to enjoy our time on the lake fishing and having a good time without having to worry if our stuff is being stolen. Tight lines always..
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