yeah, I know everyone else has already echoed this, but stealin' a man's gear is almost as low as it gets .
and I kinda like the car battery idea !
but I usually put my gear form a separate line parallel with my hammock with the hip belt strapped around so I can get in and out of it easily in the night... and I really like the idea of the bells... I think I might have to try that =D
my backpack empty weighs 2 lbs, is small and fits under my feet inside the hammock. all my other gear is in the pockets of my clark except for what's in the food bag hanging way over there (and hopefully out of sight of anyone wanting to steal that).
My last camping trip, I had a group of scouts with me and I told them your story, I used it as training to see what the scouts would come up with to survive after loosing all their gear. And also what they could do to keep some lowlife from taking their stuff in the first place. Honestly, until you posted your story, I never even thought of anyone stealing gear while out on the trail. So thank you for opening my eyes and giving me a great learning lesson for my scouts.