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    Just had my boat trailer license plate stolen off the trailer.
    Can't figure out why the low-life scumball did'nt rip off my $1200 4-stroke kicker? Anyway i parked my boat closer to my house and brought the kicker in the garage. What the heck is this fool going to do with my license plate? I reported it stolen and got new plates this morning.
    What is wrong with these kind of people.


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    I always take mine off whether she is on the trailer or off it. If they tried to steal it with the boat or not, won't be long before a cop will see (I would hope) that the trailer has no plate. I also keep the tongue locked. We know that if the low lifes really wanted it, they could get it. I'm just not going to make it all that easy- -thiefs are lazy by nature anyways.
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    • #3
      Re: Stolen License Plate

      Can't say I have ever had a plate stolen. I did lose one at the lake last year. Water was low, caught it on something at the bottom of the ramp and there it was...gone.

      Only cost $6.00 for a new one.
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      • #4
        Re: Stolen License Plate

        Happens all the time in larger cities.

        People that don't want to get a license from the DMV(because they are wanted most likely) or because they are going to do something illegal with the vehicle they are putting it on and don't want by standers to be calling in their plates.

        Some people just don't want to pay the state for a sticker, so they steal them(or the whole plate).

        Stuff that is important to you and I(a kicker motor or other outboard, or even the whole boat itself) is of no use to someone looking for a license plate.

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        • #5
          Re: Stolen License Plate

          Originally posted by eclark53520 View Post
          Happens all the time in larger cities.

          People that don't want to get a license from the DMV(because they are wanted most likely) or because they are going to do something illegal with the vehicle they are putting it on and don't want by standers to be calling in their plates.

          Some people just don't want to pay the state for a sticker, so they steal them(or the whole plate).

          Stuff that is important to you and I(a kicker motor or other outboard, or even the whole boat itself) is of no use to someone looking for a license plate.
          Or those low lifes that got so many DUI convictions, they can no longer get tags.
          So they steal them and still drive.
          They like to steal the stickers down here.
          I cross cut them with a razor blade so they wont come off whole.

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          • #6
            Re: Stolen License Plate

            Are you sure it didn't fall off? We bought a brand bew boat and trailer a few years ago and the dealer put my new plate on with little plastic bolts and no fender washers. On the way home on the interstate I heard a tinny noise and sure enough when we got home the plate was missing.

            Funny thing was 4 years later we bought another new boat and trailer from the same dealer. This time I bolted the plate on myself. When we got home one of the Bearing buddies had fallen off!

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            • #7
              Re: Stolen License Plate

              I live in a small city(40,000) in one of the better areas but when it comes to theft scumbags will steal anywhere. I just hope bad karma happens to this person

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              • #8
                Re: Stolen License Plate

                I thought about the plate falling off but i shut the boat down around sept. 1 and have not moved the boat since and the plate was still there a few days ago.
                On the other hand i am having some problems with a family of raccoons, maybe those guys took the plate to mess with me

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                • #9
                  Re: Stolen License Plate

                  Pretty common around here. The new stuff is all permanent trailer plates with no year to year tags. So basically a cop following a trailer never sees out of date tags on a trailer! I just rebuilt my sons trailer. I put the license plate and tail lights on a 2X4 which ties down to the rear of the boat after it's loaded. This takes care of a couple issues. No more submerged tail lights or wiring and no stolen license plate. It's all in the cab of his pickup while he's out in the boat or in the garage while home.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Stolen License Plate

                    My fatther lives in Michigan and has permanent plates on his trailers. He had a plate stolen and ever since then he tack welds the nuts to the bolts. Have to grind the heads off the bolts to remove the plate.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Stolen License Plate

                      I'm on my 3rd plate this year (since May). $45. each! Ridiculous. Next year I'm registering in Main.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Stolen License Plate

                        red lock-tite works too.....if you really want to make it tough grind the flats off the nuts. I've heard of them being stolen at the ramp parking area when people back their trailers in obscuring the back of the trailer....I always pull in forward so the plate is visible to the public.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Stolen License Plate

                          I don't have problems where I live, but people steal trailer plates at the boat launches frequently. Because of this, mine is on a hook and bungee cord. When the boat goes in the water, the plate goes in my van.

                          I used to lose a couple of plates a year, but haven't lost one since I started doing this.



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                          • #14
                            Re: Stolen License Plate

                            Wow 3rd plate since (May) that might be a record! and $45 a pop?? Thats absurd. cost me $16 here in Washington St.
                            I like the tack-weld idea and the bungee & hook sounds good when at the ramp
                            but at home I think its time for me to bring out my tool belt and head out to the Home Improvment Center and get some cedar fence materials and enclose my property. I know the wife will be pleased.

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                              Re: Stolen License Plate

                              Why register a trailer or buy a plate when you can steal one? Simple, easy and nobody will know.

                              Stolen car plates are bit trickier. There is some very nifty equipment now in Police vehicles that automatically runs plates and checks them against make of vehicle. A trailer? Forget it.

                              Stolen plates are a very big issue here in AZ. They are very popular with the "undocumented".

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