So, now that I think about it, canoes are pretty easy to steal. (well duh). My current storage situation gives me pause, not to mention leaving it in a parking lot on the trailer, etc etc. I mean, it's only held to the trailer by a ratchet strap. Two guys could literally walk off with it.
I'm looking at ways to at least make a potential thief work for it. Trying to figure the best way to secure it to the trailer and to secue the trailer to a building, tree, something. I'm currently looking at bike cables to lock the boat to the trailer and perhaps the trailer to something else. Also, how theft-proof is a trailer when it's locked to a hitch? Seems to me a pair of bolt cutters would defeat a padlock. On that same note, when you park a trailer not attached to a hitch, would it be useful to shove a spare hitch ball into the coupling and lock it?
This comes about after a recent discussion with an APD officer about property crimes (his ATV was recently swiped) and the near impossibility of recovery after a theft. His recommendation was to engrave your SSN onto the boat, but that is easily ground off. Bottom line was with no way to prove the boat was once yours, no way to recover it, and prevention is the best cure.
With Alaska's lax registration requirements, it is TOOOOOO easy for a thief to steal your canoe and re register it as his