'Tis the season for the dirtbags to come out of the woodwork and try to make off with your prospecting equipment.
The following story of stolen prospecting gear is one of many like it yet to come this year. Soaring gold prices have driven up the value of prospecting equipment to a level that's attracting thieves, so keep an eye on your gear.
May 15, 2008 Sacbee.com
"Thieves target gold prospecting equipment
"From David Richie:
"Gold prospecting equipment was targeted in two recent thefts reported to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office..." Read Full Story
I hope they catch the thieves. Somebody worked hard to pay for the gear that was stolen.
This sort of thing happens every year, but I have a feeling this year will be worse than any we've seen prior. Security in the woods, short of sitting in an old rocking chair with a shotgun across your knees, can be a little difficult. These areas are remote, and it's not always possible to be on site with your gear.
More and more prospectors are using hidden wildlife cameras in their absence to capture images of thieves and their license plates. The cameras are triggered by motion, so can be hidden at strategic parking access points to catch the culprits on film and hopefully help prosecute.
Anyway, just rambling this morning. I hope nobody walks off with any of your gear, and wish you the best of luck in tracking them down if they do.