Thanks for being frank Allan. [^]
I was planning on leaving my vehicle by the Ranger station at Ozette Lake and get Windsox to shuttle me down to Rialto Beach, as I had heard there were a few 'car prowls' around the time of year I was considering it(end of Aug)
I'd prefer to do Ozette Lake - Rialto, to get the reserved site out of the way the 1st night and take my time poking around and exploring the whole 'essence' of the coastline, taking who knows how many days, before emerging at Rialto Beach and hop in my parked vehicle there. I might find an area intriguing and want to stay 2-3 days in one spot, or do the whole thing in 3 days. I like to build in that 'flexibility on a hike like that.
With the reports I had heard, I didn't want to take the chance of dealing with insurance and being in another country, as it might be harder to access Police reports, different depts etc and I don't care to pay $300 deductible. Not that it was that bad, but it was definitely on the increase and something to consider.[V]
It used to be quite bad at the China Beach TH , at the southern terminus of the Juan de Fuca Trail . Video cameras were installed I believe and the incidences dropped quite a bit.
The OCT still remains in my 'top 10 hikes to do' list though and one of these seasons, it'll be on the 'front burner'