Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 14, 1973 · Page 30
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7 h ' 38 Gglesburg Register-Mall, Golesburfl,HI. Thursday, June 14, 1973 U.S. MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS TRUCKS AND BUStS PASSENGER CARS 53.2 MILLION! 33.0 MILLION 50 28.0 CM 43.8 79.2 MILLION 13 1 66 1 117.6 MILLION 212 96.4 ilifill 1942 1952 1962 1972 SOURCE: U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Boat Thefts on Rise More and More Since 1962, motor vehicle wgisifMtaas in Hhe United States have faanesaed from 79.2 million to 118 million — a 49 per cenlt fiwcwase. NEA NEW YORK (UP!) - Two men recently drove their automobile into an apartment house parking lot in suburban New York City, hitched the car to a trailer containing a $5,000 boat and cailmly drove away. Boating An apartment bouse tenant who happened to be in the lot helped them make the hitchj. and wished them "a goad trip." "How was I to know," he told police later, "that they were stealing the boat." With the sudden up-.tt.rge in the popularity of boat trailer- ing, this type of theft is on the rise and, according to one insurance company spokesman, the problem is "reaching epidemic proportions." IT IS PARTICULARLY acute in southern Florida, New Orleans, D«troi6 and parts of metropolitan New York City, says Carl S. Cichon, director of marine serv­ ices for State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. Cichon says that the total his company paid policyhold* ers whose boats had been stolen grew nearly threefold—to $1,177,000 from $472,000 between 1969 and 1971. MPoiicyholder compensation for theft now amounts to 21 per cent of State Farm's total Idss dollars on boat insurance," Cichon said.. "While figures for 1972 are not yet available, the upward trend is continuing." Boats are fiar 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 trailer-hauled boat hag been made difficult to steal, a thief is likely either to pass 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 make a craft more difficult to steal or more liable to be recovered if it should be stolen." MERE ARE SOME of his suggestions: —Keep a boat and trailer in a garage, a fenced area that can be locked, or at least in a bs-ckyard. 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 possible, 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 GyebOlt and secured by a case-hardened steel lock. A case-hardened steef chain and lock also should be used to lash oulboards to the boat proper. -^•A ball lock on a trailer hitch may thwart inexpert' encad thieves, but not professionals. 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 tha night before a trip. A boat that hias been stolen stands a better chance of being recovered, Cichon said, i its,owner has: —(Listed all serial; numbers and kept; them in a place where they can be quickly retrieved. ^Filed away- -ftiglatfaUon papers &nd other document establishing ownership, father Chan leaving them on the craft. -Made identifying marks on the boat and equipment. These can be the owner's name or social security number* the boat's registration number or a di&Jiidlve' design. Electric pens or diamond tipped scribes are especially useful In marking metal. CONTACT LENSES For Complete Information on Contact 1 Lenses Phone 343-7410 Dispensed on Prescription of DR. E. W. BEATH, O.D. DAILY 8:00 - 5:00 - MONDAY & FRIDAY 8:00-8:00 60 S. Kellogg Galesburg, III. UNION OPTICAL CO. DANTE Ameria Mens COLOGNE A Fragrance That Is Trouble 4 Fl. Oz. Only i Russian Leather Gift Set 3 Oz. Cologne 1 Hair Brush 3 Oz. After Shave $5.00 VALUE MEN'S NAME BRAND Wrist Watches Vulcan—Greun—Helbros— Waltham—Vogue $ MEN'S LEATHER BILLFOLDS GIFT BOXED Reg. $4.88 $^99 Only NORELCO TRIPLE HEADER RAZOR Rechargeable 44 • No. SOVIP ALUMINUM FRAMED 5-Webbed PORCH & LAWN CHAIRS Reg. $349 F.,*4" ZEBCO MODEL '33' SPINNING REEL America's Fishing Favorite 99 LIMIT ONE PERSONA DOUBLE II DOUBLE EDGE TWIN BLADE RAZOR *1.79 If You Liked Tract II You'll Like Double II Twice As Much. POLOROID SUPER COLOR PACK LAND CAMERA With Distance Finder and Focus Flash $?^99 34 c( GIBSON COLEMAN PROPANE FUEL 16.4 Oz. Standard Size Connection WILLIAMSON / DICKIE SHAPE SET WORK CLOTHES $329 $389 WORK SHIRTS. WORK TROUSERS—. MENS BOXER SWIM TRUNKS By El/ Walker ONLY $|99 Mec Shotshell Reloader 12 and 20 Guage Model 250 Has Dad Is 1973 Hunting or Fishing I * ^ lilVvllbwt On Sale At Gibsons! DERBY PLUS T-Shirts & Briefs 2 Per Pkg. 50% Cotton, 50% Poly YOUR CHOICE $137 Each MEN'S HANDKERCHIEFS All White Pkg. of 8 IC INSTANT NESTEA 100% TEA — 3 oz. size only WITH THIS COUPON KNESTJAII Family flM< GIBSON INSTANT NESTEA* 100% TEA -3 oz. size only 70 c WITHTHISXOUPON GIBSON INSTANT NESTEA' 100% TEA - 3 oz. size WITH THIS COUPON HOYLE INTERLOCKING POKER CHIPS 200 Pieces Only $137 ROCKET MASKING TAPE 3/ 4 "x60 Yds. No. RT-1 3 99 CIGARETTES Carton Sales Only Regulars $J35 Premiums $J45 LIMIT 3 CARTONS Prices Effective thru Mon., June 18th 169 N. Broad St. Galesburg, III. HOURS; Mon. thru Wed. 9 AM to 8 PM Thurs, thru Sat. 9 AM to 9 PM Sunday 12 Noon to 5 PM AMT - Monogram Revell & Bachmann MODELS

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