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    Default Theft at Blagdon

    Sad to report theft of 15 Mariner 4 Outboards last night. If anybody is offered one cheap please let Bristol Water know

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    Default Re: Theft at Blagdon

    As per a post in a thread about Farmoor I started last week, a similar theft occurred at that reservoir a bit earlier in the summer. Not the first time, either. Some nice people about, eh ?
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    Default Re: Theft at Blagdon

    It's happened at Bewl a few times too. I wonder whether the stolen engines are sold here or shipped abroad ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrunner1000 View Post
    It's happened at Bewl a few times too. I wonder whether the stolen engines are sold here or shipped abroad ?
    It's almost certain they are being shipped abroad.

    Here in Ireland, the Gardai are pretty confident the spate of engine thefts are down to one or more Eastern European gangs. They have evidence of this but no arrests so far.

    I had a close call last month with my own engine.

    Engines were being stolen all over Lough Corrib, and the thefts were getting closer to where I berth my boat, so I decided to investigate the GPS tracker market.

    I eventually settled on a particular model, bought one and temporarily installed it on a Saturday, so as to check it out via the web portal.

    All was well with the tests, so on the following Wednesday I went down to my boat to permanently install the tracker. At this point in time I didn't have the alarms fully set up and didn't have the system set up on my phone at all yet. I only had an alarm set up on my desktop PC for testing the system.

    When I arrived and walked towards my boat, I noticed a fuel tank lying out on the grass near the boats, which wasn't mine, and when I was at my boat, I noticed that the tethering rope had been removed from its post and lay in the water at the bow of my boat, and my boat had been pushed a few feet into the lake, with the bow still on dry land. I waded to the stern of my boat to switch on my electric pump to empty the rainwater and I noticed a crow bar lying on my back seat and my fuel line was disconnected. Obviously something very wrong here. I looked to the right. No engine on the boat. Looked to the left. No engine on the boat. And after phoning the 2 owners it was established that the engines had been stolen.

    They must have been disturbed when trying to remove my engine, and the reason my boat had been untied, was probably because they were going to turn the boat around to get the engine nearer the shore, as the area where my stern normally would be has a very soft deep muddy bottom. The 2 boats either side of me have one side up against a grass bank giving easy access to the stern and engine.

    Anyway, after the Gardai came and assessed the situation, I completed the tracker permanent installation, went home, and when I accessed my Desktop PC email, a movement alarm had been triggered in the small hours that morning, giving an exact time as to when my boat had been moved and the email alarm had been sent and received with seconds to my desktop PC email.

    I now have my tracker alarms all set up on both my phone and PC email accounts, and on friends' phone email accounts, where I not only get an alarm if my engine/boat is moved, but I have a geozone set around my boat location so that a second alarm is triggered if the engine is moved outside of that geozone.

    With the tracker fitted, and the fact that I have one of the best available engine locks fitted and comprehensive insurance, there's no guarantees, but at least I'm relaxed when I'm away from my boat, knowing that I'm not going to turn up to go fishing and find my engine has gone.

    I hope you don't mind, but I'm not willing to go into any details about the tracker model, technology or installation openly.

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    Default Re: Theft at Blagdon

    I also wonder if, in all 4 of the cases now mentioned, the engines were stolen to order (which happens in other areas of life) as opposed to the thefts simply being down to opportunism ?
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    Default Re: Theft at Blagdon

    It happens all over the country. Hopefully they didn’t damage the boats . I’ve heard on numerous occasions that they cut the transom out of the boat with a chainsaw to get the engine

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    Default Re: Theft at Blagdon

    An outboard is only a small item. Huge tractors and JCB's disappear all stolen to order normally ending up in the Middle East. Don't blame the East Europeans as when apprehended the culprits are more often than not White UK gangs. East Europeans seem to get the blame for everything have you been into the centre of your local city in the early morning and seen all the white thugs.
    Why does this site underline CENTRE in red it is the correct UK spelling

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    Default Re: Theft at Blagdon

    Quote Originally Posted by glueman View Post
    An outboard is only a small item. Huge tractors and JCB's disappear all stolen to order normally ending up in the Middle East. Don't blame the East Europeans as when apprehended the culprits are more often than not White UK gangs. East Europeans seem to get the blame for everything have you been into the centre of your local city in the early morning and seen all the white thugs.
    Why does this site underline CENTRE in red it is the correct UK spelling
    The eastern Europeans would still be in bed after being out thieving all night
    Of course we have our own criminals but they don't think anything less than murder is acceptable, they're blatant about breaking the law.

    Al

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