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Appropriate way to report theft on the radio

This weekend I'm going to be spending a night on a mooring for the first time and it got me thinking. What do I do if I wake up in the middle of the night to my kayak being stolen? Do I just hail the coast guard? Is a pan-pan in order? Ideally I'd like other boats to be on the lookout for the thief escaping with my kayak. Your insight is greatly appreciated... hopefully I never have to use it.
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Is theft of dinghies a huge problem in your area? I can't really imagine someone stealing a dinghy tied to a moored sailboat around here...
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Pan-pan would be for more folks getting hurt or in some significant danger -- not so appropriate unless you shot the poor thief -- but that's more what the solution might be in Texas. Securite might be appropriate. Or just a general "hailing all yachts in x harbor". Of course, with a kayak you could just hoist the darn thing on board and not have to worry so much about going walkabout, bumping the boat in the middle of the night, etc.
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Ok What if I see 3 guys in a boat going from boat ( maybe yours) to boat with a crowbar popen hatches and putting stuff in there boat going to another sailboat ??

Now how would one report this ?
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Ok What if I see 3 guys in a boat going from boat ( maybe yours) to boat with a crowbar popen hatches and putting stuff in there boat going to another sailboat ??

Now how would one report this ?
Errr 911 ?

Or local equivelent ; more likely to get an appropriate response.
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I hear ya TQA , I don't one a phone (life choise) I was thinking more in line with equipment on hand on a boat like a VHF ect...

MacguyverRI , Ya I like that one lol , but "I" would be all right just worried about your boat
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Ok What if I see 3 guys in a boat going from boat ( maybe yours) to boat with a crowbar popen hatches and putting stuff in there boat going to another sailboat ??
Isn't that what flare guns are for?
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LOL kinda like shooting your brother with a roman candle..
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