|Published:||Feb 11, 2014 5:02 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 11, 2014 6:08 PM EST|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "It's a boating community."
And expert boaters believe more and more crooks have their eyes on a huge prize.
"Unfortunately this is something that is on the rise, we've heard a lot about marine electronics, occasionally engines getting stolen, but in a case where a whole boat is taken and stripped that's obviously a little more serious," said Philip Osborne, Vice President of Naples Boat Mart.
This was Christin Scott's boat when she and her husband bought it in May. On Friday night, she said someone stole it right off her driveway.
"As a family we like to go out on the weekends we have off. We fish together," said Scott.
Deputies found the boat only five miles away from Scott's Golden Gate Estates home.
"To physically go and see it, and it's so close to home, was just devastating," said Scott.
And in less than 48 hours, everything from the engine, GPS, speakers, the seats, even the steering wheel, were gone.
"A large number of the items on the boat don't have a serial number and so they can very easily be re-sold in other places," said Osborne.
Osborne believes there is a secondary market for these items. But one thing crooks didn't steal, the life jackets.
"Almost 30,000 dollars in damage."
So what can you do to prevent this from happening to your boat?
"Investing in some good quality locks, some basic security is a great deterrent. Ultimately if you put a lock on the front of your trailer, or lock your wheels, it's very difficult to move the trailer at that point," said Osborne.
Scott says her family is lucky they have insurance, so they're hoping to get the boat fixed back to its original state.
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