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sulcl
12-27-2009, 10:44 PM
Been in business for three years now, never a problem. Just a couple of days ago got 2 br550 and 1 br600 stolen out of enclosed trailer. It isnt even safe closed and locked up.

xclusive
12-28-2009, 01:59 AM
damn that sucks!! sorry to hear about that. did they go thru the side door or a rear one?

sulcl
12-28-2009, 09:30 AM
thru my side door, ya it sucks. They are getting clever now

xclusive
12-28-2009, 05:54 PM
yea thats what i thought. when i ordered my enclosed trailer i thought about not getting a side but then decided to get one. once i pick up the trailer i am putting plywood and 2x4's over the side door so there is no access to it. i figured if i didnt get the side door it would be harder to sell if i ever decided to get rid of it.

STIHL GUY
12-28-2009, 11:10 PM
wow that really sucks. i hope you find your stuff

cmlandscapeconstruction
01-03-2010, 12:18 PM
your subject/title makes it sound like a right of passage!

Jake99
01-06-2010, 08:01 AM
What is a BR550/600? I stupid.

MarcSmith
01-06-2010, 08:44 AM
I always locked my side door from the inside.....

yeah getting stuff stolen seems to be a rite of passage...

one thing I did, on all my equipment was to engrave a unique asset number on the unit. took a pic of it and then keep that in the binder int eh truck. I was able to get a stolen blower back this way... went to a pawn shop the pawn guy reported it and it was on the police blotter. the kid that pawned got arrested... most S/N on the small stuff is on a decal that is easily removed...

rcslawncare
01-31-2010, 07:58 PM
What is a BR550/600? I stupid.

Stihl blowers

scagrider22
02-01-2010, 06:59 AM
I unload my enclosed every day and then leave it unlocked so the doors dont get pryed open. If its unlocked and empty they wont damage the doors and there is nothing to steal.

JohnnyRocker
02-01-2010, 09:19 AM
We all need to start wiring these with lethal levels of high voltage. Who cares about the lives of thieves? Not me.

MarcSmith
02-01-2010, 09:23 AM
I unload my enclosed every day and then leave it unlocked so the doors dont get pryed open. If its unlocked and empty they wont damage the doors and there is nothing to steal.
that must add a ton of "unproductive" time to your daily routine...

scagrider22
02-01-2010, 09:30 AM
that must add a ton of "unproductive" time to your daily routine...

It takes the same five minutes out of my day that it did to unload my open trailer!:hammerhead:

JohnnyRocker
02-01-2010, 09:45 AM
Why wouldn't you keep the open trailer in a garage, instead of unloading it every day?

scagrider22
02-01-2010, 10:03 AM
Why wouldn't you keep the open trailer in a garage, instead of unloading it every day?

I have to unload everyday to service the equipment anyway and its a huge waste of garage space to put trailers inside plus I dont have the space to store 5 trailers inside. I have a highschool kid come to the shop every day from 4-8 he checks oil in everything every day, grease's equipment, wash everything, fill up all fuel tanks and cans, sharpen blades clean shop and anything else that needs done. Mowing is a small portion of our business so Im in no hurry to build an extra building so i can park trailers inside when they get unloaded anyway!

MarcSmith
02-01-2010, 10:32 AM
It takes the same five minutes out of my day that it did to unload my open trailer!:hammerhead: I guess my enclosed trailer was bigger.

two ztrs, one 36, 2 edgers, 2 trimmers, shears, gas cans... strap and unstrap, ect.

The only time I got stuff stolen was on a job site. go figure... it was crime of opportunity the crews were on the opposite of the building of the trailer...Bye bye blower... for my side door on my trailers I had the top and bottom corners bolted from the inside. so if they were going to break in they had to do some work. and i was able to back the back of the trailers up to one another so they could not lower the tailgates....with out moving the trucks first.

Keep in mind that "idle" time kills productivity
10 minutes a day adds up to 40 hours a year... and if you have multiple crews/employees it multiplies quick...

non productive times kills me right now, its tough to get 20 guys out of the "union" mentality...

scagrider22
02-01-2010, 10:43 AM
I guess my enclosed trailer was bigger.

two ztrs, one 36, 2 edgers, 2 trimmers, shears, gas cans... strap and unstrap, ect.

The only time I got stuff stolen was on a job site. go figure... it was crime of opportunity the crews were on the opposite of the building of the trailer...Bye bye blower... for my side door on my trailers I had the top and bottom corners bolted from the inside. so if they were going to break in they had to do some work. and i was able to back the back of the trailers up to one another so they could not lower the tailgates....with out moving the trucks first.

Keep in mind that "idle" time kills productivity
10 minutes a day adds up to 40 hours a year... and if you have multiple crews/employees it multiplies quick...

non productive times kills me right now, its tough to get 20 guys out of the "union" mentality...

So i will assume you dont sharpen blades? I have also had a box trailer stolen, good thing it was empty! And Ive had four of my friends get thousands of dollars in damages from thiefs prying open locked doors, and the thiefs got what they wanted plus damaged the trailer. You may have been lucky so far but you will be sorry when they get you.

MarcSmith
02-01-2010, 11:03 AM
Thank fully I don't have those issues any more... my biggest threat with stealing now is internal.

I agree I was lucky to only have lost one blower (which the police recovered). The law of averages mean you'll generally get nabbed.

Absolutely sharpened blades every 10 hours on the mower and changed oil every 100. mower comes off blade comes off and a new one put right back on. and the old blade is added to the pile to be sharpened. and the mower goes back on the trailer. I did not have enough room in the 10x20 garage for three trailers worth of stuff each night...plus any backup or specialty equipment.

The storage lot I used was fenced, had 24 hour security with key card access to the lot.

All a lock does is slow the thief down...:) marginally.

ken gustafson
02-01-2010, 08:21 PM
Hope ya findit.............Ken

froglawn
02-09-2010, 07:29 PM
I unload my enclosed every day and then leave it unlocked so the doors dont get pryed open. If its unlocked and empty they wont damage the doors and there is nothing to steal.

thats a good idea really!

DuallyVette
02-09-2010, 07:58 PM
If they'll tear a door off of an enclosed trailer, they'll tear a door off a building. ( may be cheaper to fix the door on a building.)

scagrider22
02-09-2010, 08:07 PM
If they'll tear a door off of an enclosed trailer, they'll tear a door off a building. ( may be cheaper to fix the door on a building.)

HAHA yea thats true and the door on the building is much cheaper and it has a camera and alarm on it, anything you do can be broken into but I feal the safest with the equipment in the shop.

DuallyVette
02-09-2010, 09:00 PM
I hate the time I use up everyday...because of thieves. If I have a wheelbarrow in my pick-up, I can't stop at Home Depot, or the grocery store on my way back to the shop. If they start allowing us to shoot thieves, I'll feel like I live in a free er country.

scagrider22
02-09-2010, 09:10 PM
I hate the time I use up everyday...because of thieves. If I have a wheelbarrow in my pick-up, I can't stop at Home Depot, or the grocery store on my way back to the shop. If they start allowing us to shoot thieves, I'll feel like I live in a free er country.

You can shoot them in Ohio if there on your property, even if they are breaking into your car in public its considered private propety, I always carry a gun and I have a 250lb American Mastif that lives in the shop along with the security system so I feel my stuff is pretty safe. The picture is very discieving but he is about 7 feet tall standing up and weights over 250lbs

Premier landscaping south
02-09-2010, 10:08 PM
Nice looking horse...ummm I mean dog.

I commend you on keeping your dog fit and healthy. A lot of people over feed their dogs and slowly kill them. Sorry for the mini rant.

Later

360ci
02-09-2010, 10:36 PM
Snow can be a good diet - dehydrates them to drink more water!

I store all my equipment in a locked shed in the backyard. They have to get through a 3' wide locked gate first which I will hear as it creaks and moans like a bad wheel bearing PLUS another 50K on it. I won't fix it.

topsites
02-10-2010, 10:03 PM
your subject/title makes it sound like a right of passage!

I know it, matter of fact you beat me to saying it, on the other hand...

yeah getting stuff stolen seems to be a rite of passage...

I can kind of see why some might think or say that.

Unfortunately it's not, at least I never got any more respect because of it, but years ago the fact
that someone stole MY stuff just because I had never had it happen did cross my mind.

Looking back thou, even if that was the reason it was more than likely out of the thief thinking that since
it had never happened to me then that means I could afford it the most, or some such sick load of justification.

that must add a ton of "unproductive" time to your daily routine...

Very true, but having one's stuff stolen could add a ton of "unproductive" time to the daily routine, too.

THC
02-12-2010, 07:54 PM
Has anyone ever figured out who is doing most of this thieving?

Is it lowball/fishy competitors or drug addicts or a certain ethnic group?

ken gustafson
02-12-2010, 09:18 PM
My 10 year search..who is doing most of the theft and what types of trailers are stolen. I sell and design and Patent trailer locks...I really want to know. Who and what and why and where..and especially how. FBI statistic 2006... 40 billion dollars worth of trailers stolen. No additional information but probably could be broken down by states...if you smooch someones behind. That really big number covers all trailers..everything from Yellow Freight 40 footers right down to lawn trailers....boat... car ...travel ...log splitters ....BBQ...generators...
horse...you name it. All trailers thrown into a big number but no one breaks it down so you know that you know...what is being stolen and better yet where. The part that is probably really surprising is...no one knows how many get found or who gets caught...yes they probably mention some statistics by state based on what they know...which is ...NOT MUCH. I had my trailer stolen...police took the report..I asked what do you think about finding it. He said " we have more important crimes to deal with ". Then he said I have to go right now a deal with a domestic dispute. So robberies burglaries murders car theft "domestic disputes" and maybe a few other crimes have higher priority...than a lowly trailer theft. Then there are many other issues. Take Yellow Freight...if they have a trailer stolen BUT the contents are less than $100,000...NO report is taken or given. Not all trailer theft is reported...go figure. I had a customer in Oklahoma that had his horse trailer stolen...it bothered him but it was an old trailer so he let it go...bought another trailer a 2 months later it was gone...now he is way overboard. He wants to lock up his trailer and he buys the $39.95 special of the week and wham ...that trailer is gone also. Do not know if he filed a report but I know he bought another trailer..bought a DaBull trailer lock from me and then I suggested he use a logging cable in addition to the trailer lock.
Trailer theft in 1999 was a 5 Billion dollar problem. In 2006 it was now 40 BILLION dollar problem.....I do not believe it has gone down... especially with this economy. I know that they know the really big numbers....but what and where and who and how that kind of stuff....I could really sound off.
When I talk to insurance companies about trailer theft...it is just an expense. Raise the rates...standard answer...raise the rates. If you have a trailer stolen...maybe cover the contents..maybe not..depends on the wording of contract...if a problem you did not take proper measures. We cancel your policy. Trailer theft is no problem until it is your trailer and it is gone but anyone doing anything before it is stolen.....not many deal with it. The horse people...they have money to burn.........Ken

ken gustafson
02-13-2010, 07:15 PM
I acknowledge that I do not know much about many things........
So if you will read my above post...and....can shed any light on any comment I posted...PLEASE do....PLEASE.
45,000 million dollars worth of trailers are stolen each year AND that figure is at least 3 years old...
So no one pays attention until it is time to pay for new trailers and new equipment...
Is anyone aware of law enforcement...when notified of trailer theft...actually hot on doing the search for the missing trailer or tools?
Ken

mattfromNY
02-13-2010, 08:43 PM
I acknowledge that I do not know much about many things........
So if you will read my above post...and....can shed any light on any comment I posted...PLEASE do....PLEASE.
45,000 million dollars worth of trailers are stolen each year AND that figure is at least 3 years old...
So no one pays attention until it is time to pay for new trailers and new equipment...
Is anyone aware of law enforcement...when notified of trailer theft...actually hot on doing the search for the missing trailer or tools?
Ken

Probably not, as when I worked at a dealership, we saw many customers wanting to trade in "Home-made" trailers. Actually, many were manufactured trailers that, according to the owner "registration was lost, so I ground off the VIN number, went to motor vehicle dept., and was issued a new VIN for my 'home-made' trailer". I didn't see this as much with titled trailers, but for a trailer with a transferrable registration, motor vehicle dept. has no problem issuing a VIN and registration for a 'home-made' trailer.

Gravelyftw
01-27-2011, 02:42 PM
what was the serial number OP?