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Old 06-21-2012, 03:05 PM
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How do you protect your equipment?

I was just wondering how everyone protects their equipment from being stolen.
Maybe we can share some ideas and make it that much harder for criminals to take advantage of us.

I'll start off by what I have done to prevent theft

I have a 3 trimmer rack bolted, then welded onto the side of my trailer.
I put a lock on the bar that holds the trimmer in place... I always put the lock on the engine side of the equipment. (keep air filter up to prevent flooding of the engine)

For my 32" Ferris walk behind and my gas cans I run a chain through all of them and then around the frame of the trailer, I also do this with my backpack blower(s)

I lock the trailer once I have it connected onto my vehicle, so that the trailer tongue can't be lifted off the receiver ball.. Also it's a good idea to get a locking trailer hitch receiver pin. If you don't do this then all someone has to do to take the trailer is pull the pin from your hitch and then place it in their hitch receiver and drive off like nothing happened with a loaded trailer, yes you may have locks and chains on the equipment, however once they get that trailer away from you it doesn't take much for them to take it home and just cut the locks and chain off of the equipment.

*** Record serial numbers and save receipts, make copies of both and store a copy at home, at the office, and have a friend keep a copy of it as well. That way in the case there was a disaster such as a fire or tornado, hurricane, flood and so on... there is a copy kept at a different location. If you have a safe deposit box at the bank, this would be another good place to keep a copy.

I have been through the police academy and I use the state qualification targets for practice. Put a few up in your garage or where you keep your trailer and equipment.

If you can legally carry a gun (concealed is best- as to not frighten customers) Do so. I have had two occasions where I have almost had to draw my Glock which I keep concealed (condition one *one chambered and full mag*) My gun is always on me. It goes in my concealed holster when ever I put pants or shorts on.

On a side note, the two times where I have almost drawn my gun My life and other's lives where in immediate danger. Don't draw a weapon unless you INTEND ON USING IT!
Lifted 05 Chevrolet Trailblazer w/ Z71 suspension - Emergency lighting and push bumper
8ft trailer with trimmer rack
07 32" Ferris Hydrocut (new paint)
Craftsman 21" 7hp mower
Ariens LM22s 22" Walk behind mower
Stihl FS 90R Trimmer (2011)
Stihl FC 90R Edger (2011)
Stihl BR-600 (2012)
Husqvarna 125BT Backpack blower
Husqvarna 455 Rancher (professional chain)
Poulan "wild thing"
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:10 PM
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I park my equipment in the garage, I have a trimmed rack on my trailer. I haven't heard of anything being stolen here in Minnesota and don't think its a problem here, but you beverages know.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:54 PM
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:57 PM
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I just put chains through everything and lock the hitch
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:05 PM
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I had everything except my walk behind stolen out of my truck bed that was parked over night in my driveway. I have since built a custom camper shell that holds all my small equipment plus a 48 w/b and a 21" pusher. No problems since. If I need to go into a store or am away from my truck I know unless a thief has an acetylene torch, or is ready for grand theft my rig is safe.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:57 PM
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:12 PM
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4 place extreme trimmer rack.

gas cans and blowers locked up in the cage.

mower keys taken out fuel shut off. and titanium locks for the tounge and for the ramp and the cage and if anyone has ever tried to cut a titanium lock you'll know what im taking about.

lost the key to one of them had to use my cutoff saw to take it off. and it used up a whole 14" abrasive disk and took 15 min to cut.

so unless someone has a thermal lance on hand they are not stealing anything. plus it goes inside
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:19 PM
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I keep all my stuff in an enclosed trailer locked to my truck. I'd like to get one of these though:
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:30 PM
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Glock 32---14 rounds of .357Sig to make sure they hear and understand me.........
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:49 PM
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Fox-Stephens 12g db with OO for me.
All equipment is wore out. <- Never mind. All equipment has been repainted and with new decals. It's like I have new mower's again!
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