I "HEARD" of this solution.
Off of Langley pots were being picked, and a gentleman stayed out,watching off the point. When the thieves came he rushed in with a 22 loaded with construction blanks, firing away. Last issue they had the rest of the season as the thieves went rushing back to the reservation.
Pot thefts and Crab Thefts actually made the paper a couple years back, local was stealing new pots, took some 50 over the 4th of July, in the middle of the night. If you had old pots you lost your crab, if they were new or nice pots you lost them along with the crab.
I put florescent zip ties on ever bar on the top of mine, along with Florescent duct tape around a few bars. To much of a pain in the *** to clip and clear. Haven't had any of those stolen.
Caught a couple of teens off of a boat in the marina stealing a couple of our Stainless Pots last year. When I confronted them, they cut the lines and dumped um into the harbor. To bad 6 hours later at low tide I just walked out and got um. Parents weren't real pleased to have L.E. showing up to their boat about $400 in stolen pots. We explained we had watched um pick um, load um come back to the harbor. We confronted the teens and they dumped um, and that we were now waiting on the local PD. The parents loaded up the skiff on the back and left with the teens in their yacht immediately before PD got there. We retied the pots and went back to crabbing. We also contacted their yacht club in the south sound, and informed them of their members behavior, theft, and leaving instead of talking with the local PD.