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Lawn277
08-14-2005, 08:00 AM
I hope this is the proper forum for this. I need to air some thoughts or Im going to explode. Wednesday nite some individual decided to clean out my trailer for me. Im going to try to be polite and not use name calling. Im sure that he is not going to use my tools to do any real honest work. I put a new lock on my trailer while I was rounding up materials to modify the side door. Friday nite they came back, cut the new lock and got the stuff they missed the fist time. I have a really hard time dealing with stealing. I know people work hard to pay for the equipment they use and then somebody has to come along and just take it. Twice! So now I have to pay my deductible twice, Im spending money to reinforce my trailer doors and boy those alarm systems aint cheap either. It Will be a big surprise if they come back.I' ll be doing a lot of lawn work just to recoup all the costs. Why do honest working people have to go to such major extremes to protect their stuff. I worked really hard over the years to up grade to very nice equiptment, Now some loser is selling it for little or nothing to buy meth. Im glad I left the new replacements in the garage. Anyway if any of you guys in eastern/central Iowa happen to see some nice stihl stuff selling cheap, it could be mine. Im checking all the pawn shops in town, but I doubt Ill come up with anything.

Thanks for listening

Rick

657
08-14-2005, 08:20 AM
doesn' t that suck ......... :angry: lost a truck last year, and hand tools, gas, all one by one. this spring they got my, my 4-wheeler . what can you do, spend more $$$ for new (or used) stuff so they can take it .

TURFLORD
08-14-2005, 08:21 AM
My sympathy, man. I keep my stuff in a somewhat rural area. A couple of cargo containers and some open structures is what I have. Only padlocked, but I live on the same property. One thing I did was to install motion sensor flood lights. It's cheap and effective. Any cop will tell you that lighting is the best thing you can do for theft prevention. Also do what the truckers do, try to park your stuff in a way that blocks all the doors not facing open and visible areas.

Mope Head
08-14-2005, 08:23 AM
I feel your pain Rick. Sorry to hear about your troubles. I'm with you when it comes to theives. I hate lying and I hate stealing. And the balls to come back a second time!

It reminds me of a time when I was mowing a large-ish commercial account. I was on a WB, about 75 yards from my ramp truck that had a cage attached where I kept weedeaters, blowers, stick edgers etc. I'd gotten lazy about keeping it locked when I was on a property in sight of the truck because it was such a pain to unlock it every time I needed a piece of equipment.

A pickup pulled into the lot and stopped next to my truck and my radar immediately went up. I stopped mowing and headed toward my truck as I watched two hispanic guys get out, climb onto my truck, and start dragging MY gear out! I started running and shouting but they just went about the business of ripping me off, very casual like. As I got closer they threw my stuff in their truck, took the time to flip me off and wave, then left, with no tag on their truck for me to copy.

Rage, helpless frustration, wanting to stop every LCO I saw. In the end I had to buy new equipment and move on.

brian mon
08-14-2005, 08:26 AM
Boy now that sucks !!!

I'm in North Eastern Nebraska & South Eastern South Dakota...

If I hear of someone selling tools I'll check it out...

Are your tools marked w/any names, #'s, etc

Good luck

Mr. Magpie
08-14-2005, 10:51 AM
I hope this is the proper forum for this. I need to air some thoughts or Im going to explode. Wednesday nite some individual decided to clean out my trailer for me. Im going to try to be polite and not use name calling. Im sure that he is not going to use my tools to do any real honest work. I put a new lock on my trailer while I was rounding up materials to modify the side door. Friday nite they came back, cut the new lock and got the stuff they missed the fist time. I have a really hard time dealing with stealing. I know people work hard to pay for the equipment they use and then somebody has to come along and just take it. Twice! So now I have to pay my deductible twice, Im spending money to reinforce my trailer doors and boy those alarm systems aint cheap either. It Will be a big surprise if they come back.I' ll be doing a lot of lawn work just to recoup all the costs. Why do honest working people have to go to such major extremes to protect their stuff. I worked really hard over the years to up grade to very nice equiptment, Now some loser is selling it for little or nothing to buy meth. Im glad I left the new replacements in the garage. Anyway if any of you guys in eastern/central Iowa happen to see some nice stihl stuff selling cheap, it could be mine. Im checking all the pawn shops in town, but I doubt Ill come up with anything.

Thanks for listening

Rick
I am curious: Did you have covered-shackle locks?

Also, that access door gets a lot of people in trouble with the crackheads and transients.

Those are two of the top 10 or so causes of theft from my point of view.

MOturkey
08-14-2005, 11:16 AM
Sorry to hear of this. I had some hunting equipment stolen from my vehicle which was parked at work a couple of years ago. Not all that much monetary wise (luckily, I had remembered to get my rifle out), but a pain to replace things. One of the local LCO's had his Grasshopper stolen a couple of months ago. Not sure of the circumstances, as I got the information secondhand. Used to be this was stuff that only happened in the urban areas, but not anymore. Heck, when I was a kid, we didn't even have locks that worked on our doors. Almost no one ever locked their house, or took the keys out of their vehicles. Neill

deereman
08-14-2005, 11:21 AM
Knock on wood , we have never had this kind of stuff happen around here.............meaning large theft like yous are talking about. My question is does your ins. cover these things outside of the deductable?

mcwlandscaping
08-14-2005, 03:22 PM
I had my nice spreader (nothing compared to what you guys have lost) stolen a few weeks ago, i just hope they don't come back for anything else i have.

MrFangs
08-14-2005, 03:26 PM
why don't you turn it into your insurance company?

iluvscag
08-14-2005, 03:59 PM
why don't you turn it into your insurance company?

Because he dont have insurance/

Lawn277
08-14-2005, 04:22 PM
thanks guys for all your replies. I guess we all have the same types that live where we do. Thats why we pay so much for insurance premimums. I just get to pay the 500 twice, since they came back for more. I guess all we can do is chaulk it up and go on.

thanks again
Rick

sheshovel
08-14-2005, 05:06 PM
I would talk to your insurance agent about that.Any good agent can work it so it is treated as 1 incident and you shoulden't have to pay $500 + $500 for this.If they can't do that I would change companys.They could at least cut you a break.

Lawn277
08-14-2005, 09:30 PM
thanks sheshovel, I left a message early Sat. morning with the insurance man, I will talk to the adjuster on monday, he was going to send out the paperwork on friday, for the first incident. Im assuming that it wont come til monday anyway. I already went to the dealer and replaced almost everything.

Also befor I close I would like to say a special thanks to Mrfangs And Iluvscag for your comments and little hidden message about no insurance. Had you read my first post you would have see the part about deductible.Maybe if you had paid a little attention you wouldnt have jumped the gun with your comments.
I can see what your insinuating. Maybe you need to read Seans post about what not to talk about anymore.


thanks
Rick

Lawn Wolf
08-14-2005, 09:45 PM
Is there a seperate insurance policy for just equipments alone.

sheshovel
08-17-2005, 01:58 PM
Yes Lawn Wolf there are.

Rinker97
08-17-2005, 02:14 PM
Do you get a savings on your insurance for having the alarm? You might check into that to help with the cost a little.

LawnBrother
08-17-2005, 02:24 PM
Wow, man that really sucks. Luckily I have not had anything like that happen to me. If it happened twice, it could probably happen again. If it were me I would bait them and hide around the corner with a shotgun! Ok, maybe that's not the wisest thing to do, but I did want to mention that there are padlocks out there that can not be cut with bolt cutters. About $10 each. I don't know what they are called, but they are round and are designed in a way to make it impossible to use bolt cutters on, they must be cut off with a power saw. I use them on my storage unit. Which brings me to my second point. If theft is that much of a problem in your area, maybe you should think about renting a storage unit. I pay $112 a month and it is alarm protected and gated. Just a suggestion. I really hope that never happens to you again.

nobagger
08-17-2005, 07:44 PM
Like most people here said That sucks. I have been pretty fortunate I had a couple of trimmers stolen last season by some stupid kids so I put some kevlar wrapped cord around all of my stuff and waited with a 5 iron the next couple of nights. Caught them 2 nights later lets just say they were a little supprised. But thank god for insurance. Watch they don't drop you after all of this.