ubu wrote:and no, beating the shit out of someone is not the answer.
It may not be your answer, but it is an answer.
if one of the cops sees you doing that, you will be arrested for assault. Preventing violence and keeping the peace is one of the few things a cop is good for.
Well that's not always the case. How familiar with Nevada law are you? My understanding is that you can defend your home (tent, RV) with any quantity of force you deem reasonable. You can defend your property with a bit less.
By all means deter theft, but do not assault anyone. You won't get a six pack of beer, you'll get a few days in the gerlach jail.
I'm guessing that you have never lived in the sticks. Rural laws are interpreted differently that city laws. Where I come from, shooting somebody for being in your house is legal. Beating the fuck out of them for stealing is OK.
Now I live in L.A. and have to put up with liberal bullshit feelgood laws. And I'm not any safer.
But I fully defend your right to ask the cops to do it for you.
A few years ago, I caught a guy throwing bicycles into our burn platform. He was chased down and caught. We gave him the option of "dealing with it ourselves" or getting the cops involved. He saw the number of guys who were there, and walked away. Somebody had gone to the esplanade to get cops, and when he walked into the circle, there were 6 or 7 cop cars waiting for him. It was funny.