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Theft and vandalizing

5/27/20 @ 12:33 PM
User since 4/22/18

I would like to know why Wisconsin fisherman feel like its ok to vandalize peoples belongings and steal just because we are from out of state? Do you really think you own the lake? Do you think you are better than others? Ive heard of people getting their tires slashed or deflated along with other things. I didn't think it would happen to me until last Friday. I was up fishing and while my boat was tied off so I could go get my truck and trailer, some jerk stole my $200 rod and reel off the deck of my boat! Real nice.... why don't you people grow up and stop acting like 10 year old girls. 

5/29/20 @ 1:34 PM
User since 3/21/14
Sorry to hear your rod and reel was stolen.  That stinks.  I find it interesting that some people think nothing of stealing as though it is their right.  It is only wrong if I get caught.  It used to be that if you took your car in for repairs you could expect that any change in the cup holder or any loose cassette tapes or CDs would "disappear".  One of my relatives would laughingly talk about products "falling off the back of the truck".  He had brand new TVs, stereos, and appliances in his house that he acquired in that manner.  When I pointed out that he was stealing he just laughed.  I also pointed out that it affected all of us because the manufacturer or trucking company would raise their prices to account for theft and it would get passed on to the consumer.  More laughter.  Another relative managed a large facility and used his job to decorate his home and obtain other products and services.  When he finally got caught, he was fired.  He still does not believe he did anything wrong.  Ultimately it is a question of ethics and integrity.  I don't steal.  Never have.  I was not raised that way.  It's simply wrong.  Period.  Puritanical?  Maybe but I don't want to get into a debate.  If it ain't yours and unless it indisputably has been abandoned, don't take it.  Seems pretty frgn simple......


5/28/20 @ 6:46 PM
User since 4/12/03

If you around long enough you will find out about 50 percent of people are dishonest thieves. It does not have anything to do with being out of state.  My own experience with employees and salesmen stealing from my company. When   my Dad had his 6 hp tiller stollen off his boat. That was in Crivitz WI. I think if you are honest with yourself. You will realize that some of your friends steal stuff also.  Pretty common people grabbing stuff from their employer.  

5/27/20 @ 10:38 PM
User since 9/24/01

Why do you say it was a fisherman?  It was a thief, and wherever you are from, they make thieves there too.  Your statement is rash.

I have had things stolen, trailer vandalized so my bunk fell and almost let my boat hit the road.  It wasn't sportsmen that did this, it was the same sort of subhuman that is just waiting for an opportunity at every gas station, boat landing, parking lot, neighborhood - you name it.

Take a few weeks and think the whole thing over.  Some form of what happened to you has happened to almost everyone on this site, and they did not do it to you.

5/27/20 @ 6:06 PM
User since 2/28/07

Probably some damn meth heads. They dont care where your from. Buddy had his kicker stolen off boat last year. And it was a meth head. Conceal carry!!!

5/27/20 @ 5:31 PM
User since 3/24/04

It's too easy to place blame on the issuing state of your boat or car tag - i.e. you're an out of state target? Safe bet that if the boat had WI tags and unlocked gear it would of also been stolen...Thieves are equal opportunity opportunists...they're not going to pass up an easy grab due to where the person is from..

5/27/20 @ 4:55 PM
User since 1/17/12

Rule of thumb for me is, if it holds any value, and unlocked, unsecured or unattended, someone will try and steal it. It's sad, but its the world we live in. I lock my truck when I park right in front of the door at a gas station, even if I only go in for a minute. I have zero faith or trust in people anymore. I always secure everything below deck and lock it away before I put my boat back on trailer. Even a minute out of my view is time enough for someone to swipe something.

5/27/20 @ 4:42 PM
User since 9/27/01

Can't tell you how many planer boards I've returned to their rightful owners. Found a tackle box once with 2 credit cards in it. I drove it to the local sheriff's dept. I gave a crying kid one of my fishing rods when his got stolen from the bank he was fishing. And Holy Crap! I'm a Wisconsinite!

Thieves are among the lowest criminals out there. I put them right down there with pedophiles. It's a shame we can't shoot them if caught in the act.  

5/27/20 @ 3:26 PM
MEMBER since 7/9/12

I’m a Wisconsin fisherman and don’t steal. 

5/27/20 @ 3:17 PM
User since 12/22/04

this is not behavior driven by what state you are from.   I use bike locks on my large musky or great lakes tackle boxes when filling up truck at gas stations because that is an easy target.  I lock up belongings at night when boat is on pier, etc.   My truck has hard tonneau that is lockable for my ice and steelhead gear.  Unfortunately a lot of people from Illinois only boat/fish in Wisconsin, so they feel targeted.    Same crap used to happen when I lived in Illinois. 

5/27/20 @ 2:55 PM
MEMBER since 6/15/01

regardless of who did the deed... stealing, imo, is the lowest of the low

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