To anybody(s) who stole the fishing gear from my garage on July 17, 2019: May you rot in hell. Strong words, aren’t they? I have no tolerance for thieves and wish to use considerably more graphic language. Several explicit samples of improper grammar spring to mind.
Last Friday, my garage was broken into. The thieves picked a period hanging fruit; they took several backpacks left looking at the toolbox individuals ATV trailer. Within those packs were fifteen years of accumulated fishing and outdoor gear. When we began to calculate the charge to exchange the missing items, I was dumbfounded. It is amazing the amount we dedicate to outdoor gear. Typically, quality outdoor products are amassed over a long period. A lure here, a lure there, it is difficult to go out of a sports store without dropping at the very least $20. And when traveling, the savvy angler will usually browse the local sporting goods vendor for specific lures indigenous to the region.
The issue is, lots of the items in our packs are not replaceable. Like my dad’s fishing bait or my grandfather’s hand-tied flies. Or the anniversary addition Leatherman I received like a gift back many years ago. And then there is the Florida Gators sweatshirt I bought during our anniversary vacation last spring. Outrageously expensive – no. Priceless sentimental value – absolutely. I wonder in the event the individuals who stole our property gave it an additional thought. Do they feel below par? Do they steal as they are poverty-stricken fishermen? I don’t think so. Chances are, the knives & multi-tools will probably be pawned and everything else will probably be dumped. So eventually, it can be likely that they stole over $1,500 of outdoor gear to net $100 in the pawnshop.
Aside from your outright anger from the crime, we have been concerned that these thieves will return. Our garage comes complete full of outdoor equipment. A canoe, kayak, 2 pontoon tubes, a trolling motor, an ATV trailer, 2 motorcycles, 2 4-wheelers, tents, sleeping bags, life jackets, lanterns, tools, and countless other outdoor treasures are stuffed into our 2-car garage. My wife’s fishing license was tucked into the pocket of her backpack. Listed for the fishing license are our address, her age, and driver’s license number. This makes identity theft a practical concern.
We reside in a middle-class neighborhood in a town. I can remember becoming an adult around the farm. We didn’t lock home or cars, and the keys were left inside ignition usually. Much is different since that time, and I fear we have not seen the worst. The methamphetamine epidemic that plagues the united states along with rising unemployment and the worst economy during my lifetime creates a recipe for increased crime in every portion of the country. Here are some tips to help keep your hard-earned property secure and safe:
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