South Florida boaters beset with rising tide of thefts

Full story: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A stolen boat leaves no trail upon the water. But state officials can track their numbers, and this year reached a dismaying conclusion: Boats are disappearing at an ever-increasing rate.
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Enough is Enough

United States

#2 Oct 19, 2007
Ah bragging rights! Once again Florida is #1 in a category that no other state can top, STOLEN BOATS!

I have noticed however that we are slipping when it comes to car theft. Come on guys! None of this lying around stuff. Wake up and get to it. There is no reason that Fort Lauderdale should ever drag behind Newark, NJ. Especially when it comes to something so simple like stolen cars.

Make us proud!
Rainbow-Slantine l

AOL

#3 Oct 19, 2007
The Slant helped to wreck the housing market, lets go after ne marine industry next!
LOOKING OUT

Hialeah, FL

#4 Oct 19, 2007
Add lojack system or similar.. Or put alarm on them something that will make noise, sensor type. And cut off the trailer tongue have it removable. Or even install sensor lights "outside lights" pointing at them.
A1ACharles is MyNewAlias

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#6 Oct 19, 2007
Illegal immigration is causing a crime spree.
Mark_2100

United States

#9 Oct 19, 2007
I keep my rig on a lift in the back yard, hard to steal when you can't put it in the water!
Valigator

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#11 Oct 19, 2007
ahh yes...another segment of crime arising out of freedom seeking refugees......welcome to the OK canal
toma

Hialeah, FL

#12 Oct 19, 2007
oh well
RACE

Hialeah, FL

#13 Oct 19, 2007
Think again....
put in a plug (providing you bother to pull yours) lower into the water, drifts away....
Mark_2100 wrote:
I keep my rig on a lift in the back yard, hard to steal when you can't put it in the water!
Still Boatless In Stuart

United States

#18 Oct 19, 2007
I had my 21' Maverick flats boat stolen about 8 months ago from Stuart. They found it down in Ft. Lauderdale and the boat was totally stripped. Man, I'm still pissed what those bastards did. Luckly I had insurance on the boat, but the Insurance company considered it a loss.
Still Boatless In Stuart

United States

#19 Oct 19, 2007
woody hayes wrote:
This is a crimewave where I definitely feel comfortable ruling out the african americans since they cannot swim.
Finally, something they will not steal.
LOL!
Ex-Floridian

United States

#20 Oct 19, 2007
A1ACharles is MyNewAlias wrote:
Illegal immigration is causing a crime spree.
I think you hit the nail on the head, you bring in masses of third world country people and what do get "a third world country"
County

Coral Gables, FL

#21 Oct 19, 2007
Most go fast boats used in smuggling Cubans are stolen. They know enough to realize that if they get caught or just need to leave the boat and run, they don't have to worry. It would be interesting to see once the wetfoot dryfoot policy is gone what the numbers of go fast boat thefts would be.
Darth Daddy

Chicago, IL

#22 Oct 19, 2007
Ok - so we have yet another dubious distinction here in SFLA. Another reason to get the hell out of here. Oh wait - I can't sell my friggin house because the market sucks!

Ahhh - another day in paradise.

Hey Sun-Sentinel - how about making your article "useful" and offering some real suggestions on how to prevent the thefts? Maybe talk to the police and find out from them what we can do to protect our craft from the scum of the earth.

Most of us have a lot of time and $$$ tied up in our vessels. I take steps to protect mine, but others obviously do not.

What a shame for us...
True American

Pompano Beach, FL

#25 Oct 19, 2007
Most boats are stolen in the water from the back of a house or marina by someone getting there in another boat.
Dont leave your keys in a drawer next to the door. Or in the overhead at the helm, or under the seats. Everybody hides keys on the boat for people to work on the boat while they arnt there. Hide them in the yard somewhere(under the cement frog by the pool).
A motion light on the dock helps. A fake camera wont hurt either and is cheep.
Dont leave your elec equpment on the helm for all to see.
Change your push button start switch to a key switch.
If you have a lift, turn the power off to the hoist at the breaker.
Car alarms work on boats also and they are cheep. put one on the cabin door and the door to the tackel drawers.
Turn the fuel off at the tank, they wont get far if the do get it off the dock.
Lojack works on boats also.

Im a Marine Diesel Mechanic and work on boats everyday. Most people if not 90% leave the keys in a drawer on the boat.
Also if you have a hatch in the aft of the boat and a hatch in the salon whats the point of locking the door if you can open the hatch. Same on the foward berth hatch. Lockem down with a padlock if they dont lock from the inside.
If you have your boat on a trailer, chain the wheels so they dont turn. And chain them to the frame.
Besieged by Immigrants

United States

#28 Oct 19, 2007
Let's bring in MORE immigrants who have NOTHING!!!

We in USA are victims of the Feds in more ways than this. We are being ripped off royally by people who live in gated communities and have Health Care provided by tax payers.

Let's take back our country.
arawak

Durham, NC

#29 Oct 19, 2007
True American wrote:
Most boats are stolen in the water from the back of a house or marina by someone getting there in another boat.
Dont leave your keys in a drawer next to the door. Or in the overhead at the helm, or under the seats. Everybody hides keys on the boat for people to work on the boat while they arnt there. Hide them in the yard somewhere(under the cement frog by the pool).
A motion light on the dock helps. A fake camera wont hurt either and is cheep.
Dont leave your elec equpment on the helm for all to see.
Change your push button start switch to a key switch.
If you have a lift, turn the power off to the hoist at the breaker.
Car alarms work on boats also and they are cheep. put one on the cabin door and the door to the tackel drawers.
Turn the fuel off at the tank, they wont get far if the do get it off the dock.
Lojack works on boats also.
Im a Marine Diesel Mechanic and work on boats everyday. Most people if not 90% leave the keys in a drawer on the boat.
Also if you have a hatch in the aft of the boat and a hatch in the salon whats the point of locking the door if you can open the hatch. Same on the foward berth hatch. Lockem down with a padlock if they dont lock from the inside.
If you have your boat on a trailer, chain the wheels so they dont turn. And chain them to the frame.
Could you please translate in Spanish. Gracias.

El Crooko
The Dude

Fort Pierce, FL

#31 Oct 19, 2007
Put integrated Lo Jack systems on the boats and the problem is solved......

Next......
DRS

United States

#33 Oct 19, 2007
Welcome to the STATE of the Richboys and the THEIVES.....SUNNY CRIME RIDDEN FLORIDA,THE GOLD COAST,PEACEFUL FLORIDA.......
DRS

United States

#34 Oct 19, 2007
Hmmmmmmmm LETS SEE,MONEY IS TIGHT,SO WHATS THE FIRST TO GO ??? A BOAT....ALl of a SUDDEN IT GETS STOLEN ? hmmmmmmmmm SOUNDS FISHY TO ME.....
True American

Pompano Beach, FL

#35 Oct 19, 2007
arawak....Good one.

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