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I guess yesterday was my turn...

Discussion in 'Stolen Equipment' started by WayneJessie, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. WayneJessie

    WayneJessie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    Yesterday here in central N.C. was absolutely one of the most dismal weather days in a long time. Cold, rainy, and poor visibility. Well, I 'm thinking nobody in their right mind would be out in the mess so my new EBZ 7500 BP blower would be safe in the bed of my truck IN my carport WITH me at home. I'm not a city dweller; we live in the sticks with nobody within a 1/2 mile of us. It's gone and the leaves are stacked up like cordwood everywhere.
    I told the deputy that came out that I'd like to think that I wouldn't shoot a man over a leafblower but I really think I would were he to be caught in the act. The deputy's words were "I'd shoot him; our courts are so overwhelmed most non-violent thefts are being dismissed." I cannot imaging what some of you guys that have had all your stuff taken must feel like. I'd rather someone spit in my face than steal from me.
    Yes, I know my carelessness in leaving it in the bed of my truck presented a gift to some piece of white trash that they just could not pass up. Lesson learned.
     
  2. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,416

    Unfortunately this stuff needs to be secured. I "lost" 3 chain saws, 2 trimmers and a push mower before I learned.
     
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,892

    Pick up beds are thief magnets. I've had 20 dollar Jacks swiped.
     
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    WayneJessie

    WayneJessie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 203

    I agree. I would never even consider leaving in the bed out & about somewhere. If you could see how close my carport is to my house and how we live in the middle of nowhere you'd think nobody would have the gall to pull in our drive and take off with it; but that's exactly what happened. The deputy said he got a call from an old lady(who has dementia) that lives only a mile up the road complaining of some stranger standing in her yard. This was during the same timeframe that my blower went AWOL. The deputy said he really didn't think the woman saw what she claimed because of her dementia. I believe her. If you knew the "good old boys" that have lived out here their whole lives you know you just don't hang out in one of their yards if they don't know you. It scared the old lady.
     
  5. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    I'd drop off the pertinent information in all the local pawn shops. Likewise, keep an eye out around your 'hood. That's not a common piece, especially RedMax, unless you're in this business. Homeowners simply don't buy $500 leaf blowers.
     
  6. 360lawncare

    360lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 962

    Sorry for your loss man.. I leave them in my bed... Don't have a rack for them..
     
  7. olajoe808

    olajoe808 LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5b
    Messages: 221

    Just let it go. That's it. They needed it more than you. Whomever did it will recognize your vehicle sometime, see you step out of it, and they will be reminded of what they did and have to deal with a troubled conscience. Not a small price to pay if you ask me for the trade off of a few bills.

    Not one to be pro security - we are in a nice area - but times change, good and bad, ebb and flow. Did not look forward to the day but now we have security devices and extreme duty lock downs. One such measure is a mutha crane chain that don't care what you're packing if you got the nerve to get through that, will salute you.
     
  8. Pierre2013

    Pierre2013 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,256

    Maybe you could buy this,

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/IDEAL-Security-Wireless-Motion-Sensor-Alert-Set-SK698/203730190

    I have one and it works amazingly well. Experiment with it and use your imagination as to where to install it... (even if on a temporary basis...).

    I think it could help quite a few people in here...

    P.S. Even though it says it is only for indoor use, it works very well outside. Just keep it out of the rain, not directly exposed to sun as much as possible and not exposed to below 32F temp.
     
  9. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,380

    A low level deterrent is a dog run cable. Not expensive and you can buy them in different lengths. String through all your higher ticket items in truck bed and lock down with bike cable on anchor loops.

    Bigger dog...thicker cable and often longer cable. Will stop the grab and goes but will not stop theifs who are willing to bring cable cutters etc.
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  10. Pierre2013

    Pierre2013 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,256

    What I suggested above isn't a deterrent, but something that will allow you to know the exact moment a theft is occurring, or about to occur and to react accordingly...
     

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