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Fisherman's tales can now be of criminals; CONLON on crime.

Byline: CONLON

FISHERMEN are warned to protect their tackle.

Anglers are facing tough times as thieves take the bait, reeling in thousands of pounds worth of expensive gear.

O ne insurance company says anglers are falling victim to thefts and muggings countrywide.

The rising popularity of night fishing for carp and catfish has led to more anglers camping in tents overnight in often isolated, secluded places. Some have become crime victims.

Swinton Insurance has seen a 17% increase in the number of fishing- related claims on people's home insurance policies and theft is the most common.

A state-of-the-art fishing rod can set an angler back up to pounds 2,000 and specialist reels, lines and nets can cost hundreds of pounds.

One of the greatest pleasures of fishing is the solitary element, spending time totally on your own, contemplating your own thoughts in complete peace and quiet.

This, unfortunately, has caught the attention of thieves.

As night fishing becomes increasingly popular we're advising anglers to stick in groups wherever possible and try not to fall asleep at the reel!

It's always worth checking your home insurance policy to see what is covered outside the house.

Definitely don't leave your fishing gear in sheds as they have become a main target for thieves.

Three youths were seen stealing from a shed on Lowerhouses Lane in Lowerhouses at about midnight on Sunday.

They stole a Bosch garden shredder and some wine. All had hooded tops and are in their mid-teens.

Two white men, one wearing a beige top, stole a toolbox after removing a shed window and climbing in on Heathergrove Fold in Dalton at 4.30am on Tuesday.

A Mountfield petrol mower was stolen from a shed at Thurstonland over the weekend, along with garden tools, socket sets, hammers and screwdrivers.

Make it as hard as possible for thieves by using security lights, strong Perspex instead of glass, a battery-operated alarm and padlockswhich can't be unscrewed from the outside.

Mark anything of value with your postcode and house number and make a note of serial numbers of such things as lawnmowers.

Don't buy anything you suspect may have been stolen; you could end up in court.

Detective Constable Russ Conlon serves with Kirklees Police. If you have any info on crime, please phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or Huddersfield police on 01484 436659

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2008
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