redoubtables

Another archery club vandalised and equipment stolen

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Redoubtables – North Wales

I find it sad I am writing a post  on yet another archery  club who have fallen victim to theft and vandalism. On Thursday night I saw a shared post on Facebook concerning the Redoubtable club in North Wales.

The initial post stated how club’s hut had been broken into and there had been some thefts sadly further information came to light of the extent of the damage and behaviour of the individuals involved.

Not only had the club been broken into but all of their coaching equipment had been stolen. A full list is shown below and as you can see it was quite extensive. So keep an eye on eBay and other sites for archery equipment.

  • 8 Quivers
  • 3 Barnett bows
  • 1 Barnett lil Sioux
  • 1 Green junior bow
  • 1 Yellow junior bow
  • 2 Sherwood bows
  • 1 Recurve Ragim
  • 1 Rec Quicks
  • 1 Rec longshot
  • 1 Rec core
  • 1 Rec optimo
  • 1 Rec panther
  • 1 Rowland snake
  • 1 Left handed Ragim recurve.
  • 26 Assort tabs
  • 20 Assorted arm guards
  • 70 Assorted arrows

Sadly that was not all they did as they took time to vandalise several 3ds, some of which were new and yet to have been shot, sawing off heads and legs, not all of which have been recovered making repairs impossible.

Destroyed 3Ds

Destroyed 3Ds

This is a huge hit for any club and must have taken some planning and time on the part of the thieves to accomplish.

The individuals, yes, I am calling them individuals and not demonising them or name calling. Some may find that strange, but they are people who have a different morale code of conduct. We shouldn’t resort to name calling. Yes be angry and upset, yes let off steam and vent frustration but let’s not reduce our shelves to their level.

CCTV captured two of the individuals using the bows to shoot at farmers live stock. Fortunately their archery skills are as poor as their moral code and no animals were injured but it could have been much worse. I’ve embed the post here.

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What can we do?

I wrote a post back in April (https://wp.me/p1IJTE-Ye)  on securing your club some ideas of what you can do with trail cameras.

Also keep an eye open for suspicious activity or on auction sites where equipment may be sold.

I suggest we all take this weekend to check your clubs security maybe set up some trail cameras, tidy away any tools that thieves could use.

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Another archery club targeted by thieves

Some of you may have seen my tweet that Centaura Bowmen archery club outside Derby has been added to the list of clubs targeted by thieves. Here are the details that I know of and taken from the NFAS Facebook group.

Facebook notice of thefts

Facebook notice of thefts

Over the past few months I’ve heard of a number of clubs that have been hit, whether by thefts, trespass or vandalism.

So what can we do?

  • We can all keep an eye out for suspicious characters at our clubs or woods.
  • Cultivate links with other local clubs and groups, so you can share news and alerts.
  • We can be careful how we promote the clubs locations on public websites.
  • Securing the huts, sheds etc seems like common sense, but having been a victim of thieves I know that simply putting a lock on the door is not always enough. When we were last broken into they got past the lock and quality padlock by forcing panels out of the door.
  • Think about marking your equipment with club name, or branding the 3Ds with club name is something I know a few clubs have done. You could invest in smart water option too for the more expensive items.
  • If we see deals that appear too good to be true on sites like eBay or offered locally, be suspicious.
  • I know some clubs have invested in security systems, whether these be alarms or cameras. Inexpensive trail cameras, the sort used for wildlife monitoring can prove an effective way of monitoring who actually visits your woodland. If you do use these, you have to post signs stating CCTV is in use.
Try a search for  digital game / trail / hunting cameras and you’ll find them.
I have one such camera VWTech 720p / 8MP low light visions – this captures both still images or video depending on what I set. It’s an old model now but has worked pretty well for me over the years.
Here are a few examples of what it captures, both day and night.
Pretty clear image of badger at night with trail cam

Pretty clear image of badger at night with trail cam

Fox in daylight with trail cam

Fox in daylight with trail cam

Fox by night with trail cam

Fox by night with trail cam

Most if not all will display a time and date of the visitor too.
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