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Protect your valuables inside your ice shantySubmitted: 01/23/2014
Story By Dan McKinney


RHINELANDER - Ice shanties protect us from the cold when we go ice fishing. But we need to
think about protecting our shanties from break-ins. The Oneida County Sheriff's
office 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't
have any, but this year there's been a couple," says Oneida County Sheriff's
Recreational Officer Brad Fogerty. "Due to the seclusion of the shacks out in
the middle of the lake, non-lighted areas, so those kind of give people
opportunity to go out and vandalize and break into them."

Most of those break-ins have been on Lake Julia. There are some precautions you
can 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 items
you 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 get
targeted. So the best thing to do is keep them locked and keep valuables out of
them," says Fogerty.

There have been around 10 break-ins or vandalism incidents reported in Oneida
County this year.




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