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Had a bad day.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by greenman, Jun 23, 2003.

  1. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    I had a not so good day. I had my new trimmer and my BP stolen off my LOCKED racks today at Home Depot in broad daylight. I went in to buy a couple of water hoses and some R/U, came back out and...........gone! That's not the half of it.......about 6 weeks ago or so, in the same parking lot (Home Depot), I had my 21" stolen off my trailer, they cut the lock, dropped the gate, and took it! Luckily, I got it back about 15 minutes later (the idiots parked and went inside the store, a guy witnessed the whole incident). I wasn't so lucky this time:angry: :angry: So, now I have to come up with about $800 for a new trimmer and BP.:cry: :angry:
  2. nlminc

    nlminc LawnSite Bronze Member
    from GA
    Messages: 1,671


    Sorry to hear about your equipment theft. Do you have ins.? I know ins. may not cover you for full cost, but a little helps. Maybe it is time for you to invest in a good enclosed trailer. I have a box truck that I store my equipment in. I'm hesitant about lettering it just for that reason.

  3. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    Hey Greenman that just plain SUCKS!!! Its a shame that you can't trust anyone anymore.:blob2:
  4. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    Man, that stinks. What did you do with the guy(s) that stole your 21er? You know, enclosed trailer or otherwise (even a locked building) I think if someone wants your stuff bad enough they will get it. You are proof of that.
  5. TaussigLawnCare

    TaussigLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    last year I had 2 echo 280s stolen at diferent times out of my parents garage(where I kept everything last year) and my blowers and hedge trimmers my parents house insurance covered it. - the 500 deductable
  6. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,385

    Aww man that sucks! I had a hand held blower stolen off my trailer a couple of years ago. I stopped at a Casey's to get a coke and someone had grabbed it. I got replacement cost insurance on all my equipment so I will never have to fork over the money after some dead beat steals from me.
  7. mowin at the lake

    mowin at the lake LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    check with the store, some have surveillance cameras for the parking lots.

  8. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    I've had that happen to me also. Actually it happened a couple of times.

    It took me a while to understand that a paddlock is not a secure lock. ANY paddlock can be cut and your equipment taken away from you.

    I have since gone to using the round locks like you see on storage buildings. They are about impossible to cut quickly, like a thief would do. I suggest that you find a way to order some keyed alike to make your life easier.

    Also, don't put much faith in chains either. They can be cut as well.

    Like I said, I have had two instances where my trimmers and blowers were stolen, but since switching to the round locks I haven't had any more attempts.
  9. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    Nope, this Home Depot has no cameras. The police told me that this was the 2nd theft in 2 weeks from there. I informed the store that from now on that I would PARK RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE DOOR ON THE CURB and that if they didn't like that, I would take my business across the street to Lowes, or get some security, they had no comment.

    Come to find out, these 2 guys had outstanding warrants for theft already. They were hauled off to jail. Now for some stupid reason I was issued a subpoena for this incident. I have to be in court this Wednesday morning.

    I have insurance on my truck but not on my trailer and equipment. I was quoted a price of $1200 per year with a $500 deductible. I figured instead of paying insurance, I would put that money in an account in case there was a theft. Save some money in the long run. BUT, if had a ZTR or 2, yes I would deifiitely have insurance on my equipment. I have enough costly insurance now as it is, liabilty insurance.

    So, now i'm off to buy a new T230 (again) and a BP (any suggestions?) Shindaiwa BP?

    Oh BTW, anyone lend me $800?:D
  10. j_loppy

    j_loppy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    Sorry to hear that too. I had a br400 stolen a couple years ago. Of note; I have seen some LCOs park their stuff at mini storages...not a bad idea if you ask me.

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