You get home from a fishing trip and you are tired, so you leave your fishing gear in the boat until the next day. When you go back out to clean up the boat and store your rods and reels, you find they are missing. Or, you are traveling and stop to gas up, go to the rest room or get a bite to eat and come back to your rig and you find your Sonar, fishing gear, etc. missing. The vice president of the Carolinas Catfish Club had a life time of fishing gear, batteries, etc. stolen out of his boat a couple of weeks ago. Several years ago someone enter my covered boat at my dock and stole my front swivel seat, catfish net, catfish tackle box (they left all my striper lures, etc.), bait tank battery, fish/depth finder and misc. items. I was just reading the South Carolina General section of the BOC and they are having a rash of thief's from boats going on. Bottom line is, if you want to keep your stuff, you better protect it at every moment of the time. If you are traveling, store it in your truck, SUV or car. And when you get home put your gear in your garage, basement or house. Most of us have worked hard to accumulate our fishing gear and it is a shame to let someone have it who has done nothing more than pass by what you have and decides to take it and sell it at a flea market for some dope money. Share your stories of how you have been riped off by an uncaring *&^%$ so other brothers of sister can learn by your misfortune.