Alright, recently, the bee thefts have been coming into the picture with that almond season coming around the corner again. Its a thing that will constantly plague us all if we are beekeeping. Some hurts worse than others. The old addage, "that it wont stop a thief but rather slow them down", remains. We can tell that most commercial keepers obviously don't rely on the honor system a whole lot. Otherwise, they would not be branding their hives.
I'm trying to get input or feedback on those who do the commercial or sideline thing. What seems to be the most popular way of trying to prevent a thief from stealing hives? There is multiple safeguards against such, I'm sure, and there is what seems to be no silver bullet in defeating this problem except eradicating the need for pollination. Ha! ...a novel thought. Just kidding.
What gets me is that people want to use technology to answer this problem. Whether it be trackers, or RFID, etc. But how far is a commercial guy going to want to take it? Does he want to cover the theft of all of his equipment or some? Different methodologies to accomplish the same goal, I suppose.
What would it take for a commercial guy to say, "I'll spend x more minutes of my time to secure the hives than rather pay x more dollars for a doo-dad." Where does it become feasible to the beekeeper to say its worth protecting his operation from theft instead of possibly charging the almond grower more for the higher risk?
Regardless, this is all out loud thinking and it sure would be neat to hear from those who have been/are on the frontlines.