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Old 29-04-2008, 15:28   #1
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Question Fuel theft

With the rising cost of fuel the attraction for thieves to target our boats to satisfy their fuel needs seems more likely. Now I personally haven't been a victim of fuel theft (although I've wondered sometimes) but with even a moderately sized boat like ours sitting there with a couple hundred bucks in gas could be awful tempting to a thief.

Does anybody know if a device that can be easily refitted into a conventional fuel deck fill? I've seen one somewhere (but for the life of me can't find the link anymore). It was a spring in a collar that got spliced into the fill hose below decks. It didn't restrict fuel flow but prevented a siphon hose from entering the tank.
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Old 29-04-2008, 15:48   #2
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I searched for fuel anti theft devices and got this:

Fuel Tank Accessories Diesel Fuel Anti-Siphon Device For Fuel Theft Prevention

There are a lot of different diameters.
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Old 29-04-2008, 15:57   #3
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Try this Perko Deck Fuel Fills
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Boat Fuel Caps [p.1] - iboats.com
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Old 30-04-2008, 11:30   #4
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This is similar to what I had in mind.

Vetus Fuel Safe Anti Siphon "Spider" at AhoyCaptain.com - Always your best source.



Pricy though, but that's Vetus for ya!
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Old 30-04-2008, 12:38   #5
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Rather have locks myself. Not only keeps people from taking fuel out, but prevents them from putting other things in.
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I don't think a locking cap would defer a determined thief. I've seen them cut lines to tanks (on cars and especially trucks) to get the gas and even poke a hole in the tank. A quick clip with a screwdriver and I can see most tank locks going *pop*.
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Nothing stops a determned thief, but visible deterents often encourage them to look for an easier target. AND, considering the deranged thought process of most thieves, retaliation for a failed effort is not uncommon. I deal with claims every day where people went to great efforts to damage vehicles to no benefit for themselves.
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Simple. Place a black cap and the words Holding/sewerage tank on the fuel filler point and the Red fuel cap on the Holding tank suction point and never forget you swapped it.
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Old 30-04-2008, 13:51   #9
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I like that one
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What an imagination. I have two fill fittings. The real one is hidden under a seat cushion and the other is in plain view. The one in plain view is not connected to anything. The previous owner changed the fueling location.
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Great idea to change the caps and labels... Easy to find the culprit... just look for the guy with the sh!#@ eating grin on his face !!
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Very Funny Gene !! LOL
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Great idea to change the caps and labels... Easy to find the culprit... just look for the guy with the sh!#@ eating grin on his face !!

And not to mention his breath will smell like sh!#@
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I made it in jest, but the idea came from an actual event. I have told it before, but....
Some fuel thieves had gone down a row of vehicles in the night, prying off fuel caps and syphoning the fuel out of cars. The next morning, car owners called Police and the Police found on the scene several cars with the caps removed and contents of the tanks removed. But the theft stopped at a mobile camper Van. Here was a syphon hose still dangling from the tank and Vomite on the road beside it. The thief had mistakenly tried to syphon from the Vans holding tank and he must have got a mouthful. Too funny.
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How about some dogs(small and large), electric lifelines, cattle prod connected to the fuel cap, martial arts training, pepper spray, bright lights and ......... there was something else I saw on another thread - just can't remember what it was....
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