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Ginny
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I went to check my batteries this evening to find they were both nearly flat, all my petrol has gone, about 80 gallons, the dash board switches in the wrong positions. I haven't checked the engine piping for damage. It looks as if the petrol was pumped out using my batteries from inside the boat. If these thefts are happening why haven't boat owners been warned, and what can be done about it.
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Ginny, you have my sympathy, you really do. However there have been numerous warnings in the press, and reports of thefts on this forum.

Now it's realised that there are often hundreds of gallons of fuel on boats then I suspect there will soon be reports of more thefts.

No longer able to target scrap metal our nocturnal lowlife will seek out new targets, and all to often boats are easy and obvious targets.

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Where abouts do you keep you boat

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Hi Ginny,

There have been lots of posts on here covering thefts. Sorry it has happened to you.

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The boat is kept at brundall bay - tingdene.
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I thought they had cameras onsite? perhaps a chat to some of the folk who live aboard might shine some light. Its always good to know the folk who moor around you - then if something does not look right a quick phone call to the owner is always appreciated.
Although many say you should keep the fuel tank topped up to prevent condensation in the tank - we always leave ours very low and pop to a yard and buy as we need.  


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Very sorry to hear you have been a victim. We were broken into a couple of years ago at Brundall Bay, but we think it was just kids looking for beer! From that experience we soon found the security cameras are pretty useless I'm afraid. Hope they didn't cause too much damage gettng in.

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Mark

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Sorry to her that Ginny. I guess as a new member to the forum you may well not have seen the posts this Winter/Spring. I also imagine that if you are not local you would not have the seen it reported in the local press.

The forum is a great source of information such as this, but we should all also remember that anyone could be reading our contributions...So, as has been said before, and is true of all aspects of social media, it's a timley reminder to all members to be very careful about how much detail you provide about your boat etc.

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Hello Ginny,

I am sorry to hear of your problems, I assume that you have reported this to Mark in reception?

80 gallons is a lot of fuel almost half a ton in weight, the thieves must have used a small boat, the problem is we see these boats all the time around the marina's going about legitimate work.

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Sorry to hear of your problem Ginny.  I remember 100 gallons going from a recently topped-up boat at Broadsedge about 4 years ago.  The owner thought they had been spotted filling up and then targetted.

It prompted us to have a fuel filler lock on Grebe.  We did not have the space to fit an off-the-shelf locking cap, so I had plate made that can be padlocked over the existing filler.

Whilst there is no guaranteed way to stop a determined thief, especially when 400 or 500 quids worth of petrol is involved, you can take the precaution of a locking fuel cap and a method of securing the engine bay to hopefully send them looking for easier takings.

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