Originally Posted by Dwave
...WTF is going on? ...
People are leaving gear lying around. Every theft I have heard of so far has been a theft of opportunity.
I never, ever leave anything visible in my car when it is parked in my driveway or in front of my house. The trunk is empty except for a spare tire and a few tools.
I never, ever leave my paddling gear unattended anywhere.
When I am paddling, my cellphone and wallet are in a dry bag in the stern of my kayak. I'd rather lose it all to the river than to the guy who breaks into my car at the put-in. The guy who breaks into the car is going to have to hot-wire it because my keys are with me too. After he hot-wires it my LowJack is going to provide a signal for the cops to find him.
I never leave my garage door open, even when I am working in the yard and am using the tools in there. I open the door, get the shovel, and then close the fucking door. I don't need the meth addicts to scope out my garage as they drive through the neighborhood.
If you do this stuff then nobody will steal from you because there are plenty of other people who they can steal from much more easily. The reason people don't do this stuff is because it is work. It is a tradeoff. Take it easy, you might get ripped off. Put in some effort that is kind of a pain in the ass and you won't.
Don't feed the meth addicts.