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Protecting your boat motor from thieves

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PASCO, Wash. -- Boat motor thefts have been a problem throughout the Tri-Cities. 34 motors have been reported stolen.

Motors can run up to $3,000, if not more and as a result, our area as seen a rash of thefts. For boat owners, there are ways you can protect yourself. Some owners are buying locks.

Tyler Prince, from Sundown Sport and Marine said, "there's always a certain amount of call for it, but on the to two three weeks, there's probably been a stronger call for outboard locks. People getting concerned hearing stories around town, friends who hear and the request has grown."

While some people choose locks to keep their motor safe, a thief with the right tools can always break though.

Steve Poire, with Northwest Marine and Sport said, "the thieves are running around with a pair of pliers and a ratchet and 30 seconds they're undoing the bolts, so it's a deterrent. You know different things customers are doing and trying to do. I think welding is the best."

People frustrated with their motors being stolen are coming to places like Northwest Marine and Sport which will weld your motor to the boat.

Retailers say the problem used to be seen only in warmer months, but it's starting to become a year round dilemma.