LOL with the repainting of your hotwater system... Brilliant.
did you just throw a can of yellow paint on it. .. stickered with skulls and xbones. .. heh heh.
I guess we will have to be patient and stick together in the meantime.
If you can get your fencing, some flood lights with sensors and an alarm system if you can afford it then I reckon it will adversely deter those who want to break in. And oh, secure your hot water system. I ended up throwing some paint on mine so that it does not look an attractive as it would for those culprits.