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Re: Thug proofing

Here is an article I wrote for Ocean Navigator
Keeping watch from a distance - Ocean Navigator - September 2013

I have a Siren system and I am happy with it so far. It will let me know if I loose power either 12 VDC or 120 VAC, Has a high water alarm and has Geo fence settings as well as anchor drag alarm. I can set it up for theft as well. A lot of bang for the buck and I have no interest in the company just like the product
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Re: Thug proofing

Sailvayu, that is a great article. Thank you. Food for thought !

Multihullgirl, my outboard was secured with a proprietary outboard lock (steel casing over the transom clamp) and a steel cable. Both were cut/removed without a problem. Yes, if anybody unplugs the charge cables or cuts through them, the alarm will sound and I will get a text and phone message. My worry about using even stronger mechanical fixings for the outboard is that they'll still get the engine, but the damage to the boat will be bigger. Does anybody remember the pic of a motorboat that had its transom cut off with a sawzall ?
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Re: Thug proofing

How bout some really good boobie traps. Have not thought it out alot but seems doable.
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Clean your paint brush on your outboard ,dinghy, and anything else a druggie would want to steal, and sell quickly. Make it look like a piece of crap. Doesn't change its function in any way. They steal that which can be sold quickly, not something which needs a bit of work to make sellable. There is enough stealable, NEW looking stuff around, that they wouldn't bother with anything they have to actually work on.
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How about connecting the black-120v AC line from your shore power to the motor itself and then have a small dc motor mister (that is grounded) spray salt water off the transom. When they touch your motor.. ZAAAAPPPPPP! If you don't want a lawsuit or a murder rap, then use an ignition coil from a car and a pulser circuit, it should get their attention. Can you tell I hate thieves???
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Re: Thug proofing

All interesting ideas but seems to me the thief, still unknown, gets away with the stuff. I like the trail camera idea mentioned earlier. They are designed to be out in the weather, have long lasting battery life, take UV pictures at night, and some will even send the pictures to your cell phone. More than just reporting as theft or theft attempt, you can bring picture of the thief, red-handed, to the authorities in hopes they will identify and catch the thief, and maybe even get your stuff back.
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All interesting ideas but seems to me the thief, still unknown, gets away with the stuff. I like the trail camera idea mentioned earlier. They are designed to be out in the weather, have long lasting battery life, take UV pictures at night, and some will even send the pictures to your cell phone. More than just reporting as theft or theft attempt, you can bring picture of the thief, red-handed, to the authorities in hopes they will identify and catch the thief, and maybe even get your stuff back.
In my case, the police made some arrests and got the thief. The marine unit has managed to recover two of the stolen outboards but mine is gone. So whilst CCTV and cameras maybe helpful, I'd rather not give those guys a chance to get a snapshot whilst they are taking my stuff away.
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Re: Thug proofing

Agree completely but I don't think an alarm will stop a thief from snatching an outboard if they are skilled at defeating locking devices. They will just grab and run and chances are someone will report all the noise without being able to provide any useful information leading to their arrest. Maybe if the alarm had a voice warning they were being filmed.
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There is a reason why an old salt told me 'you don't want your boat to look too good.' Maybe some shabbiness is in order.
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Patient, what I've got on the drawing board so far will cause an alarm if the engine is taken off the transom or the charge cables from the solar panel or engine are cut. I am busy soldering, gluing and screwing ... will post some pictures later tonight
Sweet setup! Even cooler you hacked it together yourself.

I was curious so I looked up a few "All in one" marine alarm solution providers and was amazed how expensive they are.

When I get to that point I am thinking about doing something similar to your setup but maybe in tandem with a Raspberry Pi/Arduino to keep on eye on things and message me in certain scenarios with a SMS module. The monitoring portion of the Marine security systems seems to be the most expensive element.
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