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kdkg
06-01-2008, 10:16 PM
Doesn't compare with the other things stolen, posted here, but was still upsetting to me.

I don't have a lock tray for my gas cans on my trailer, so I unload them and put them up by my Garage doors. Figure that would be safe enough since I live on a dead end road and they have to walk past 2 trucks (on the road) and 2 cars (on the drive) to get up there.

Been doing this all spring, so was nothing to store them there again this weekend.

But dangit, was going to refuel my mower to mow my own yard today, walked to get one of the cans and "WTF". They were nice enough to leave the empty can and the one that had maybe a gallon in it, but my 2 full 5 gallon cans were gone.

I am so small scale, that really hurts. I only had two jobs last week and that was about half of my profit .

So, can you claim stolen gas as a business loss on your taxes???

Has me second thinking my storage situation. They could have taken alot more.

My big truck hasn't been getting very good gas mileage, I wonder if they are sucking my gas out as well. Perhaps I should invest in some locking caps.

Oh well, lesson learned and it only cost me about $50 bucks counting the cans too.

Dunn's
06-01-2008, 10:41 PM
if you only have a few lawns why do you have to full 5 gallons for. We only have one 5 gallon can per truck and thats 45-60 lawns a week depending on the truck. Yeah it has to be filled up every few days but how hard is that. just throw the 3 cans in the car and go fill them up.

Dunn's
06-01-2008, 10:42 PM
also if you have a garage why not put the cans in there.

kdkg
06-02-2008, 12:12 AM
Good questions, and is a long story for an answer, but I will try to stick with the short story.

I have an old truck, and it has ran out of gas on me before (bad sender on the gas tank.) The gauge will fool you into believing you still have gas left. So I carry an extra 5 gallons in case that happens again.

Why not in the garage, my garage is a pit. Is on my list of things to clean up. Hell, I haven't even stored away my snow shovels yet. haha

Me and the wife was just talking about the "loss of assumed safety." I am an old country boy, half the time I leave my keys in the ignition.

I will admit, I am to assume responsibility. I have a false sense of security. None of my vehicles or tool boxes are locked and I have tools everywhere.

Reading the other posts and all the things that have been stolen is a lesson for me. Before now, it was nothing for me to leave things insecure on the trailer or even on a sidewalk while I am working in a back yard. I guess I need to invest in some chains and locks.

Dunn's
06-02-2008, 02:39 PM
I just figured from the springs you would know. They have alot of meth heads out there. especially any theing west of academy or the far south end of acedemy down by chelton.

nylan8888
06-02-2008, 09:38 PM
Put out another can tonight only put enough gas in it to color it and smell, fill the rest with water. :cool2:

kdkg
06-02-2008, 11:15 PM
You know, I had thought about that. Also thought about waste motor oil, but they would just dump that somewhere.

My wife said sugar in the can w/ the gas, but "Myth Busters" proved that false.

Lawn Enforcer
06-03-2008, 12:55 AM
I thought about locking gas cap on my truck, but then they might drill holes in the tank or something, or just really f*** up my truck cuz they are pissed that they couldn't get the gas out.

bill8379
06-03-2008, 01:13 PM
I don't have a lock tray for my gas cans on my trailer, so I unload them and put them up by my Garage doors. Figure that would be safe enough since I live on a dead end road and they have to walk past 2 trucks (on the road) and 2 cars (on the drive) to get up there.
One of my customers was telling me about his neighbor who had 1000 USED interlocking pavers stolen from his back yard. They have no back lane so the thieves would have had to come in through the front yard and carry them back to the front street. A real nice neighborhood to and they were used:rolleyes:

k911lowe
06-03-2008, 01:18 PM
Doesn't compare with the other things stolen, posted here, but was still upsetting to me.

I don't have a lock tray for my gas cans on my trailer, so I unload them and put them up by my Garage doors. Figure that would be safe enough since I live on a dead end road and they have to walk past 2 trucks (on the road) and 2 cars (on the drive) to get up there.

Been doing this all spring, so was nothing to store them there again this weekend.

But dangit, was going to refuel my mower to mow my own yard today, walked to get one of the cans and "WTF". They were nice enough to leave the empty can and the one that had maybe a gallon in it, but my 2 full 5 gallon cans were gone.

I am so small scale, that really hurts. I only had two jobs last week and that was about half of my profit .

So, can you claim stolen gas as a business loss on your taxes???

Has me second thinking my storage situation. They could have taken alot more.

My big truck hasn't been getting very good gas mileage, I wonder if they are sucking my gas out as well. Perhaps I should invest in some locking caps.

Oh well, lesson learned and it only cost me about $50 bucks counting the cans too.

dog for the garage.locking gas cap on your truck

MOW ED
06-04-2008, 06:01 PM
Some scumbag got me today. First thing ever stolen. Whoever it was took a 6 gal gas can off the trailer fender. I kept it in a milk crate. The damn thing was full too. Live and learn but if I would have caught them there probably would have been handcuffs for me. I will now put a lock and chain on the cans. The bastards left my BR400 and a string trimmer as well as the 2 cycle gas cans. Oh well. I hope he burns himself with it.

ATL Lawn
06-04-2008, 06:33 PM
next time do this


buy 2 brand new SHINEY gas cans (FILLED WITH WATER, add some yellow/greenish food color).
spill a SMALL amout of gas on the car (just so they smell like gas) i mean really just a few drops

put them right next to your truck, and put them out at EVERY JOB SITE... matter of fact leave them pretty much in the street, VERY obvious

and just SMILE when they are stolen...

i do this all the time..
its SOOO FUNNY, when we come back to the truck and they are gone..

plus its a detur for the crook to steal my real stuff.
cause they so happy thinking they just got away with the gas
lol

ATL Lawn
06-04-2008, 06:35 PM
Put out another can tonight only put enough gas in it to color it and smell, fill the rest with water. :cool2:

damn it looks like you beat me to this story..

i dint read all the post, before i posted my story. lol

kdkg
06-04-2008, 08:31 PM
dog for the garage.locking gas cap on your truck


I got 2 100 pound dogs in the back yard. Wish I had the yard going all the way around the house.

I got locking caps today, turns out quite a few vehicles have been hit in my neighborhood. One of my neighbors caught them at work the other night and when she challanged them, they said they were working on a friends vehicle. She said "I don't think so" and they took off running. Lucky she didn't get hurt.

The caps will only keep the lazy away, but it is better than nothing. On my flatbed truck, quick removal of a hose clamp and hose - they have open access to my tank.

landscaper22
06-04-2008, 10:23 PM
Put out another can tonight only put enough gas in it to color it and smell, fill the rest with water. :cool2:

Yes, you have the right idea.....however, I would add some sugar to the mix of gas and water....You know, just to make it a little "Sweeter". :laugh:
I think we should all have a decoy can like that.

Hint: Label the can in some way so you don't use it...The way my mind is, I would be the one to use the bad mixture.

CrewKut
06-05-2008, 12:41 AM
I don't think there is a need to color or camouflage the the water. You can fill a can with water that has had gas in it and it will still smell like the gas (water should be odorless). As for the color, are they really going to look at it? I don't think so. Once that spout hits their tank they will drain the can. If you leave a couple of ounces of gas in the can before filling with water, then if they do look inside they will only see the gas.

A shop I used to work at had a fork lift that ran on gas. We used to keep a 5 gal. can filled and stashed on the loading dock (which was accessible even after hours), all the employees knew about it. Several times I found the can was empty, but I knew that the fork lift didn't get it. So, I filled it again to make sure, and placed it in it's hiding spot. Sure enough, the next morning it was empty. I filled it again, this time with water, and put it back. Empty again the next morning. We also had one employee call in and said he couldn't make it in that day. He was having car problems. :cry:

After that, I found a new hiding spot for the gas. I did however, keep the water filled decoy in the old spot. The best part is that while his car was in the shop the following week, he was getting a ride everyday from another employee. He must have offered to put some gas in his buddie's car, because the can came up missing and the buddie's car died and they both missed a day of work. The shop had a strict attendance policy and because he had so many unexcused absences in a short period of time, he was let go. I don't know if he ever figured it out.
:hammerhead:


Like Landscaper22 said, just make sure you don't fall victim to your own prank!

Dan

fixer67
06-07-2008, 02:01 AM
You know, I had thought about that. Also thought about waste motor oil, but they would just dump that somewhere.

My wife said sugar in the can w/ the gas, but "Myth Busters" proved that false.

I stopped watching "Myth Busters". They "proved" false too many thing I know for a fact are ture. I have done things my self that I know work and they said it was false. I think they "prove" a lot of stuff to keep other people from trying it. The show is a joke.

genesgreen
06-09-2008, 05:05 PM
Read an article about out in California them bandits are pumping diesel from tanks on the farms and getting away with it. Farmers are already hurting with energy prices it's too bad they have to deal with this too. Stories of the crooks even torching through the locks on the diesel tanks (seems dangerous to me) and they break through fences, barriers, the whole nine just to get in there and steal the fuel. It's really too bad.