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Locking cable or chains?

Discussion in 'Stolen Equipment' started by LawnMowerMan2003, Jun 28, 2014.

  1. Pierre2013

    Pierre2013 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    You have a great setup and I commend you for that. And I know the goal of forums is to help others and learn. But there is one thing I would like to point out.

    If thru the sum of all your posts it is possible to identify you and locate with precision the location of your house, then you have just given thieves a great gift by listing ALL the security measures you have. And therefore, if someone wants to steal from you, he/she would know exactly what systems need to be defeated and in what order.

    One aspect of a great security system is the need to keep it 'secret' as much as possible. Or at the very least, never reveal ALL your layers of security. Why help the thieves?

    I know it was not your intention. Nevertheless, you should always keep in mind that all kinds of people will read your posts...
  2. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,847

    I know where your coming from buddy, but trust me I didn't give away my main protection. :laugh: If they can defeat my locks, alarms, and cameras, they're good, but if they want to come out here in the country and defeat them it's my welcoming, be my guest. :laugh: I'll tell you one thing, I'm insured and I'm armed and I'm a country boy who isn't scared to use a my "tools."
  3. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,847

    That was sarcasm. :laugh: On a side note, they do make square link chains where the bolt cutters are a pain in the rear and usually cannot get between the square link. A grinder would be possible, but if you have the right grade of chain it could take a while or at least several minutes. If they have the nuts to run a grinder for several minutes in public or private their pretty brave. I know if I heard a grinder outside in the middle of the night I would be out in some whitey-tidies with a 44 mag in one hand and if I see'em duck on the other side of the truck or trailer I'm shooting through. :laugh:
  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,276

    You never know on this site... Especially lately lol
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  5. Pierre2013

    Pierre2013 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    You could always consider installing a dash cam in the cabin of your vehicle and have it pointed towards your gears. This wouldn't be to prevent theft, nor as a deterrent, but to be able to see what happened. Possibly the local cops could play the video on local tv and someone might be caught. Nevertheless, to me, it is priceless to be able to see what happened.

    Obviously, you should concealed the cam, otherwise they will break your window and steal it.

    I have two dashcams in one of my vehicles. One installed on the front windshield and another one on the rear window. Let me tell you, other drivers are A LOT more 'polite' since I installed the dashcams. No more following me 6 inches from my bumper. When people realize they are being recorded on video, it changes everything. Absolutely priceless in case of an accident.

    If a pic is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million words. On top of that, the one I'm using has two lenses. One regular lens, like all dash cams and a second lens for zoom. I can see the licence plate and identify the person behind the wheel very clearly thanks to the zoom lens.

    This is the one I have:


    And if you want to have an idea of what you get with such cam (I find my rear cam provides me better video than this youtube - the position of the sun in relation to your car has an impact on the video):

  6. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,256

    So how do these work? Do they run continuously? Not a techie but am thinking of getting something like this.
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  7. Pierre2013

    Pierre2013 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    I don’t want to sound pretentious, but if you get one, you should get the model I got. Why? Because all the other dashcams only have one lens, while mine has two lens. The others are a toy, while mine means business.

    What I mean is the other dashcams will allow you to see what happened and most likely, you will not be able to positively identify the suspects/ licence plate. But with the model I’m suggesting you to buy, the zoom lens (the second lens) will, in most cases, allow you to clearly see the face/licence plate. And this makes all the difference in real life, as well as in a court of law.

    What’s the point of seeing the video of what happened if you can’t identify who did it and can’t use it in a court of law because it isn’t clear/sharp enough???

    Do your research and watch videos on youtube of other dashcams.

    Dashcams characteristics vary per model/brand, so I can only describe mine. With a 32GB memory card (~ $30), you will be able to keep about 8 hours of video on the card. Video is recorded in consecutive segments lasting 2 minutes each. So when you exceed the capacity of the memory card, the first 2 minutes of video recorded 8 hours ago will be the first video over-written. And so on and so forth.

    You plug it in the lighter and starting the engine will automatically start the dashcam. When you turn off the engine, the dashcam will stop recording about 30 seconds later. You can run the dascham using its internal battery. I think mine can record 2 hours on its own battery (you should double-check the time, but iirc, it is 2 hours).

    In the case of the OP of this thread, he was away for about 15 minutes, so this dashcam on battery power would have worked quite well at recording what happened.

    If you wish to use dashcam for longer than the capacity of its internal battery and while the vehicle is off, then you should get a big deep-discharge battery and an inverter http://www.walmart.com/ip/Schumacher-XI41B-Power-Inverter/15140200 it should last you the whole day.

    The dashcam should be concealed as much as possible, otherwise someone will break your window and steal it when your vehicle is unattended.

    In my case, the two dashcams are plainly visible (no tinted windows). The vehicle is never left unattended or park where it is at risk of being broken into. I use other vehicles I have when I know I’ll be leaving the car park on the street.

    Let me know if you have other questions.
  8. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,256

    Thanks. Will do.
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  9. Pierre2013

    Pierre2013 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    A small correction to what I wrote above; you do not need an inverter in the scenario I described above. With the proper wire (Radio Shack?) you would connect the dashcam directly to the deep-discharge battery.

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