I had another good undocked EVE session on the weekend, with another poor showing for the effort. So far the Serpentis drops do not seem to favor me.
I finished the session off with an hour of anomaly mining in a Retriever. There was another miner in the same site using a Skiff. After a while he deployed a Mobile Tractor Unit then dumped his ore into a can. The tractor Unit immediately picked up the can.
I guess that is a step up from Jet Can Mining. Anyone can come along and take items out of your Jet Can. With a Mobile Tractor Unit they have to attack it, and then see what survives in the drop afterwards.
That would give the owner of the tractor unit a (very) short period of time to either take what they can from the Unit, or (unwisely if mining) retaliate given the attacker is flagged as a suspect.
My only concern is the cost of the unit equates to 30+ minutes of Empire Mining, meaning you might well double the cost whenever someone tries to grief you.
I guess this might be a common tactic that has been around for a while. I just don’t mine that often and haven’t noticed it before.