Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 14, 1973 · Page 28
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 28

Galesburg, Illinois
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Thursday, June 14, 1973
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2B Gdlesbura Register-Mai Golesburfl,Hf. Thursday, June 14, 1973 U.S. MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS "TRUCKS AND lusts >ASSEN6tR CARS 53.2 A,MLUON 330 MILLION SO 2S.0 94 43.8 79 .2 MILLION .i>)^<<ii jilt 661 .MILLION 1 96.4 1942 1952 1962 1972 SOURCE: U.S. Federal Highway Administration^ n g nni fit n • Boat Thefts on Rise More and More Since 1962, motor vehicle registrations in the United States teve ajwresaed from 79.2 million to 118 million — a 49 per cenlt tocrease. NEA NEW YORK (UPI) - Two men recently drove their auto* mobile into an apartment house parking lot in suburban New York City, hitched the car to a trailer containing a $5,000 boat, and caJmly drove away. Boating An apartment house tenant who happened to be in the lot helped them make the hitch! • and wished them "a gocdl trip." "How was I to know," he told police later, "that they were stealing the boat." With the sudden upsurge in the popularity of boat trailer- ing, this type of theft is on th2 rise and. according to one insurance company spokesman, the problem is "reaching epidemic proportions." IT IS PARTICULARLY acute in southern Florida, New Orleans, Detroit and parts of metropolitan New York City, says Carl S. Cich- cn, director of marine serv­ ices for State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. Cichon says that the total his company paid policyholders whose boats had been stolen grew nearly threefold—to $1,177,000 from $472,000 between 1969 and 1971. ^Policyholder compensation for theft now amounts to 21 per cent of State Farm's total toss dollars on boat insurance," Cichon said.. "While figures for 1972 are not yeti available, the upward trend is continuing." Boats are far easier to steal and dispose of than cars, Cichon pointed out. Moreover, the recovery rate is low — perhaps five per cent for pleasure boats compared with about 85 per cent for autos. "MOST STATES have only minimal boat registration! laws," Cichon said. "In any case, it's an easy matter fori a knowledgeable thief to obtain the necessary documents for a stolen boat." If a trailerMhanled boat hm been made difficult to steal, a thief is likely either to pm it by, give up In the midst of his attempt or be caught committing the crime, Cichon said. "While no boat can be made 100 per cent theft- proof," he said, "certain steps) can be taken to intake a craft more difficult to steal or more liable to be tecovefed if it should be stolen." MERE ARE SOME of hid suggestions: —Keep a boat and trailer in a garage, a fenced area that can be locked, or at least in a bsckyard. Never park a rig on the street. If a boat must be left in a driveway, block it at night with a locked car. —If possibtlie, illuminate the area where a boat and trailer are parked. —If a chain Is used to anchor a trailer to the ground, it should be of case-hardenedl steel attached to a heavy dutyi, cyebolt and secured by a case-hardened steel lock. A case-hardened steel chain and lock also should be used to lash outboards to the boat proper. —A ball lock on a trailer hitch may thwart inexperienced 'thieves, but not pro­ fessoriate. They usually carry their, own hitch extensions With them; • —IP A BOAT is not going to be used for some time, put the trailer on blocks and remove the wheels, storing them in a safe place. Or jack up one wheel and remove it. —Never bad a boat the; night before a trip. A boat that has been stolen stands a better chance of being recoveried, Cichon said, iifi. its; owner has: —Listed all serial numbers and kept: them in a place where they can be quickly retrieved. "-Filed away registration papers and other document establishing ownership, rather ton leaving them on the craft. —Made Identifying marks on the boat and equipment. These can be the owner's name or social security nunv bcr, ijhie boat's registration number or a d «ift6ttv#' design. Electric pens or diamond tipped scribes are especially useful in marking metal. CONTACT LENSES For Complete Information on Contact Lenses Phone 343-7410 Dispensed on Prescription of DR. t W. BEATH, O.D. DAILY 8:00 - 5:00 - MONDAY & FRIDAY 8:00-8:00 60 S. Kellogg Galesburg, III. UNION OPTICAL CO. DANTE Amena Mens COLOGNE A Fragrance That Is Trouble 4 Fl. Or. Only i Russian Leather Gift Set 3 Oz. Cologne 1 Hair Brush 3 Oz. 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JF9 C WITH THIS COUPON Rnnrc< GIBSON INSTANT NESTEA' 100% TEA - 3 oz. size only 70 C WITHTHISCOUPON GIBSON INSTANT NESTEA 100% TEA-3 oz. size WITH THIS COUPON HOYIE INTERLOCKING POKER CHIPS 200 Pieces Only $137 ROCKET MASKING TAPE 3/ 4 "x60 Yds. No. RT-1 3 99 CIGARETTES Carton Sales Only Regulars $935 Premiums $J45 Prices Effective thru Mon., June 18th Mon. thru Wed. 9 AM to 8 PM Thurs. thru Sat, 9 AM to 9 PM Sunday 169 N. Broad St, Galesburg, III. GIBSON'S DISCOUNT CENTER i 12 Noon to 5 PM AMT • Monogram Revell & Bachmann MODELS 20 % oH

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