Recently, KIRO TV news ran an article about outboard motor thefts in the northern Puget Sound region including Everett, Mountlake Terrace and Bothell. According to KIRO TV more than 18 motors have been stolen from boats stored in homeowner’s driveways.
A suspect has been apprehended who admitted to stealing 5 motors in the Bothell area.
Police who were interviewed emphasized storing outboard motors in a garage or other secure place when parking boats. Typically, smaller outboard motors (such as trolling motors) are easy to take. Cables and chains are easy to cut with the right cutters. There are locking clamps that can be used that make it difficult to take a motor. However, keeping an outboard motor in your locked garage or storage building is probably the most effective action to take.
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