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.
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.
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.
Thanks for reading