- Ice shanties protect us from the cold when we go ice fishing. But we need tothink about protecting our shanties from break-ins. The Oneida County Sheriff'soffice says there haven't been many break-ins this year."It goes in cycles some years we'll have a rash of them and some years we won'thave any, but this year there's been a couple," says Oneida County Sheriff'sRecreational Officer Brad Fogerty. "Due to the seclusion of the shacks out inthe middle of the lake, non-lighted areas, so those kind of give peopleopportunity to go out and vandalize and break into them."Most of those break-ins have been on Lake Julia. There are some precautions youcan take to protect your ice shanties. "Keep your shack locked and don't keep any valuables in it," says Fogerty."That's the main stuff they're looking for. They're looking for high item itemsyou know ice augers, tip ups, locaters, that type of stuff," says Fogerty. "So when they see that in there those are the shacks that typically gettargeted. So the best thing to do is keep them locked and keep valuables out ofthem," says Fogerty. There have been around 10 break-ins or vandalism incidents reported in OneidaCounty this year.
Written By: Dan McKinney