View Full Version : Do you "KNOW" your boat inventory???

03-05-2006, 03:55 PM
I wanted to start this Thread to give you some useful information and to protect your hard earned investments. Most of you have noticed what my job consist of and it heart aches me when I hear a call over the radio that a fisherman or woman has been victimized. Just think what would you do if you walked up the boat ramp to get your vehicle after a very productive day of fishing knowing your the best on the lake that day. While backing down the ramp you get this sick feeling when you noticed your boat not tied to the dock and missing. WHAT DO YOU DO????

1. Have or keep a load plan in your vehicle, Hull numbers, motor serial numbers trolling if you have, anything with ID numbers.
2. We all like to take photos of our toys keep a set in the packet.
3. Keep your Cell phone on you at all times if you have good signal.
4. Take a deep breath and CALL the Police.
5. While waiting, try to remember if anyone was at the dock when you pulled up. Also if anyone is still around ask questions. I then would pull off the ramp and then start writing down vehicle plate numbers as the subject or subjects had to get there. This is also good to give a copy to the officer that is making out the report to add to his narrative, as the Detectives will run numbers and interview subjects.
6. The hardest key in all of this is to be "CALM" and get the said information to the officer as with all the serial numbers. Note these numbers will be placed into the National Computer.
7. After the report is made "PLEASE" ask the officer for the case number as you will need this for your insurance.
8. After you get home call your insurance agent ASAP as they to have investigators that will be working the case.
9. Tell your LOVED ones, as you will need there support in this "TRAUMATIC EVENT".
10. Make follow-up calls to the Department that took your case.

I hope this helps and please keep a load plan in your vehicle, on another note I LOVE to put away these THIEVES who prey on our sport. Please pass this around and I hope and pray you do not become a victim. May your Fishing Dreams come true.

Fish Detective

03-05-2006, 04:10 PM
Thanks detective this sounds like very good advice. Have a great day. If your ever down south lets go fishing. C-Rex

03-05-2006, 04:12 PM
These things have never crossed my mind. Good info.Thanks again!

03-05-2006, 05:16 PM
thanks it helps to here it

03-05-2006, 05:21 PM
Thank you for taking the time to write this. Very helpful to everyone!

03-05-2006, 07:51 PM
That is good stuff Dectective. I have a plastic card that came with my boat that has every bit of the boat info on it. Oh I have verified the info also. As far as equipment in the boat I know what I think I left in there the last time that I went fishing. But I never leave my boat unlocked or leave it in a parking lot unless someone stays with it. I do know I couldn't replace it immediately.

03-05-2006, 08:55 PM
Detective, you are absolutely right. About two years ago I took my dad fishing at Truman Lake for 10 days. On our 5 day my boat and about another 30 got hit and all our rods were solen. Luckily I had pics of all me rods and other items in the boat. Saved me a lot of time with the insurance companies and the local police. I never got my stuff back, but I did get a check deposited into my account a day later so I could buy more stuff to finish out out vacation.

03-05-2006, 09:10 PM
Thanks Fish Detective. This is good info and I do not have that info in my boat. But it will be there before I go back out. Betcha.

03-05-2006, 09:18 PM
Excellent advice F D, and i would never have thought about doing that...izzy

03-06-2006, 01:53 PM
Thanks to all I hope you pass this information along, I have worked a number of these cases and a number of them are still active... The boat is the extreme but think what is lying in your boat while you are gone for a short time... Please make a post if you can think of something new to add... Lets make it hard for these LOW LIFE'S.....

Fish Detective

03-06-2006, 02:23 PM
Thanks FD for the advice.

One thing that should be added that may save someone some great bodily harm.
NEVER NEVER NEVER, let your wife see how much stuff you've got in your boat!!!!!!:D :D

Really though, I just had my insurance man come out. He took all the pictures and wrote down my inventory. I have a copy in my truck all the time.

03-06-2006, 06:20 PM
Thanks I will make out one tomorrow. And take pictures of everything also.
I do take my depthfinders off the boat when leaving the water. And if I will be parking somewhere I also put the rod in the rod locker and lock it.

03-07-2006, 07:21 AM
Pete, It sounds like your looking ahead. On some of my stuff that serial numbers that are not to be found I use my last 4 numbers of my phone. I do not use my SSN as this is a NO... NO... to the fact of ID Crimes... Thanks for your post.

Fish Detective

03-07-2006, 07:42 PM
Just another note. This also happens in your driveway too. I had a buddy up the road just lose 7 rods and atackle bag full of baits, plus the back running light. They just walk into his backyard after dark and reached under the cover and took them. This is one reason that I never store my gear in the boat. Second is had a mouse decide to eat one of my cork handles one day but that is another post. The point is becarefull for the jerk that want your stuff they will try anyway to get it.:mad:

03-11-2006, 01:00 AM
To all I would like to take this time to thank each and everyone of you for the post and the PM's... It was GREAT to hear the feedback. Hang in there and hope your fishing dreams come true.....

Fish Detective