In the past month I know of several thefts where persons have had motors, electronics, rods and reels etc. stolen from their boats. From various places, homes, marinas, storage yards, and while stopped on a trip. Oh sure, you can have insurance, usually with a deductible of what; $500, but the inconvenience and sense of insecurity cannot be insured. Today while talking to friends over coffee, I was surprised to find out where here in Campbell River a fair number of thefts occur each year. It is the Walmart and Superstore parking lots. Apparently people on their way to the West coast, or points North will park and go over to the store to stock up on groceries etc. Because of the space required to manoeuvre their rigs they park away from the entrances, and then they all head for the store. It seems there are persons watching for just this, sitting in their vehicle. As soon as the rig is vacated, they drive over next to it and set to work with battery powered impacts, etc. removing kickers, downriggers, and anything else they can get their scummy hands on. Its all over in 10 minutes, and they and your stuff is gone. I have done what I can to protect my equipment, all compartments locked and alarmed, downriggers locked on and alarmed if the boom is lifted. I am presently installing a passive motion alarm system capable of sending a signal to a receiver up to about 1000ft. I chain my boat to the wharf, bow and stern. I know the idea is to make your boat look too well protected to bother with. What else can we do? I'd like to see other ideas that people have incorporated.