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Old 10-09-2019, 12:56 PM
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Just so all can be aware , I brought my Contender over to Gautier MS to Furlans Marine for some work to be done last Thursday. On Friday night some LOW LIFES broke in and stole the more expensive electronics from 14 boats. Needles to say mine was one of them. So all gulf coast should be on the watch for Simrad EVO 3's and a lot of other top dollar electronics for sale. If you hear or see anything unusual you may want to contact the good people at Furlans.
Old 10-09-2019, 01:07 PM
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Wow. And Furlan has a gate and fence around that whole place.

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I think Furlans has a video on their facebook page.
Old 10-10-2019, 06:03 AM
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Yes they do and this is the first time something like this has ever happened. They tell me a couple of weeks ago another dealer they know in Mobile got hit the same way for around $80,000.00
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wonder if these guys are from Miami or if they're local.

Im seriously considering changing the screws holding my units in for thru bolted security fasteners like seen below. Why dont more manufacturers do this?

https://www.brycefastener.com/

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This shit never happened when business owners could have dogs on premises. Sadly, insurance companies would rather pay a theft claim and increase your rates than allow clients to prevent the theft from occurring.
Client in Houston was hit on Christmas Eve last year, thieves stole the catalytic converters off every truck in the entire complex. Used ratchet straps to hold the fence open while they went from shop to shop.
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happened a few years ago at Ocean Marine in OS. They got them for several motors and electronics from customer boats.
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Damn Bastards!
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Originally Posted by kyle_howie View Post
wonder if these guys are from Miami or if they're local.

Im seriously considering changing the screws holding my units in for thru bolted security fasteners like seen below. Why dont more manufacturers do this?

https://www.brycefastener.com/
Chit- I'll be shopping them for other than marine stuff now...thx for posting the link.
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Originally Posted by kyle_howie View Post
wonder if these guys are from Miami or if they're local.

Im seriously considering changing the screws holding my units in for thru bolted security fasteners like seen below. Why dont more manufacturers do this?

https://www.brycefastener.com/
You get a ragged hole where your dash used to be from a cordless sawzall for you efforts.
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Old 10-10-2019, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Kenner 23 View Post
This shit never happened when business owners could have dogs on premises. Sadly, insurance companies would rather pay a theft claim and increase your rates than allow clients to prevent the theft from occurring.
Client in Houston was hit on Christmas Eve last year, thieves stole the catalytic converters off every truck in the entire complex. Used ratchet straps to hold the fence open while they went from shop to shop.
My dad had a customer on Government Blvd in Mobile back in the 70's that got broken into repeatedly and nothing seemed to stop the thief until... my dad said the business owner got the meanest, ugliest dog available and trained it not to bark until someone was actually inside the building. Well, one night a thief doing what a thief does, broke in and the dog must have gone to work. My dad said it looked like someone (or multiple people) were murdered inside the building. No bodies were found, but the dog actually had flesh between some teeth upon being check out by a vet...too bad DNA testing wasn't available back then. My dad said that the place was never broken into again, as well thefts in the area mysteriously dropped off dramatically.
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Just found out more info , not only did they steal the electronics they also cut cables to the thru hull transducer , radar , and all other components. These guy's need to have their hands cut off if found.
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Originally Posted by Venice Cobia View Post
Just found out more info , not only did they steal the electronics they also cut cables to the thru hull transducer , radar , and all other components. These guy's need to have their hands cut off if found.
It's so sad what some people think they are entitled too. Furlans is some of the nicest people you will ever meet too. Good, honest, hard working people.

I can confirm the wiring, I know a fella whose boat was there and he basically said it needs a rewire. I agree they need to cut these stupid son of bitches hands off. The sad reality is, if they are caught they will get a slap on the wrist and turned loose.
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Originally Posted by baitkiller View Post
You get a ragged hole where your dash used to be from a cordless sawzall for you efforts.
well shit
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Y'all can use all the fancy theft deterrent fasteners you'd like, but the reality is all its going to do is slow them down. I put a small skiff on the side of the road to sell it at a busy intersection back in 07 and some asshole wanted the hydraulic steering (no motor) so they used a cordless circular saw to cut the helm pump from the dash. They stole that and the hydraulic ram. I wish the electronics manufacturers would build software into the electronics that forced you to enter a pass code in order to use the stuff. Until something like this is an industry standard the thefts will never end.
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Originally Posted by GCC View Post
Y'all can use all the fancy theft deterrent fasteners you'd like, but the reality is all its going to do is slow them down. I put a small skiff on the side of the road to sell it at a busy intersection back in 07 and some asshole wanted the hydraulic steering (no motor) so they used a cordless circular saw to cut the helm pump from the dash. They stole that and the hydraulic ram. I wish the electronics manufacturers would build software into the electronics that forced you to enter a pass code in order to use the stuff. Until something like this is an industry standard the thefts will never end.
Why would the electronics manufacturers want the thefts to end. Someone steals your kit, you go buy new kit. Manufacturers make more money. Insurance companies pay the claims and then raise your rates and make more money. I'm beginning to think theft is good for the economy.
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Why would the electronics manufacturers want the thefts to end. Someone steals your kit, you go buy new kit. Manufacturers make more money. Insurance companies pay the claims and then raise your rates and make more money. I'm beginning to think theft is good for the economy.
And don't EVER mention anyone's name...
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My boat was a Furlans when the thieves struck and they stole my Simrad go 12 unit. They cut my wires as well. The scum wore mask,coveralls and gloves while they worked. Joey and his family work very hard and I can't say enough about how good the quality and service are at Furlans, This theft hit him very hard and he will be making some security upgrades..
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My boat was a Furlans when the thieves struck and they stole my Simrad go 12 unit. They cut my wires as well. The scum wore mask,coveralls and gloves while they worked. Joey and his family work very hard and I can't say enough about how good the quality and service are at Furlans, This theft hit him very hard and he will be making some security upgrades..
I saw the short video on Furlan's FB page. Bastards were protecting their identities. I think the only way you can catch these guys is in the act itself. Sorry you were victimized. If it had happened to me I'd be both angry and depressed.
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This makes me sick to my stomach. I need some gelcoat touchup work done, but I am terrified to leave my boat at a shop on the coast right now. Should let the victims decide the punishment for these sick individuals if they are ever caught.

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