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Ripped off?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by EROSS17, Mar 3, 2001.

  1. EROSS17

    EROSS17 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I'm just curious how many of you guys have had equipment ripped off and what. Last year my enclosed trailer was busted into. Of course, they couldn't just clip the lock to get in, they had to use a crow bar and practically tear the whole door off. They got away with 2 blowers and 2 whips. I guess I kind of got off lucky, they could have taken a lot more, and the stuff they took was about ready to be replaced. Thank God I had Insurance. For about a month after it happened, I was looking very closely at other companies equipment. But now I have brand new stuff. It's always fun getting new equipment.
  2. Shack

    Shack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    They got me for 4 trimmers and 4 blowers once. I was not a happy camper.
  3. script

    script LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    They got my edger the week of thanksgiving. I keep my edger and trimmer locked on the trimmer trap, but was leaving it opened until I finished edging and trimming. Was out of sight of trailer for maybe 2 minutes and they got it. That lesson cost me a few hundred dollars and now I don't walk around the truck without locking everything down. lol.
  4. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    We have had a bunch stolen over the years. But the one I remember most was in 1993. A Stihl BR320, a trimmer and an edger were stolen. I bought a BR400, a new trimmer and edger to replace it, and it was stolen 36 hours after we got it :mad: Most recently our 14 foot tandem was stolen from a coded gate secured lot. The connection, the guy who is responsible for most thefts around here lets people USE his car and truck to go get this stuff in return for a few bucks. He also has a brother or something that is in concrete work. My trailer was in a complex where they were building new mini storage units. Who do you think was doing the concrete work? Now matter how secure it is, if the owners of the property let thieves in, they cant be stopped :mad:

    I am convinced the police are absolutely scared of these cats. They have been going strong for 10 years. The guys they send out to do the stuff get arrested when caught, but this guy never gets in trouble. On about 5 different occasions (that I know of)his vehicles have been siezed, included once when it was used in a home invasion and pistol whipping of an older man. They just give them back to him, because he claims he just lets people USE his vehicles. If you are keeping company like that, I dont give a $h!t, you need to lose the vehicle :mad:
  5. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    It is a pitiful fact of life that some people always want what you haved worked so hard for. Anyone that steals, in my opnion, should face a very stiff penalty if caught. It seems even if you lock things down some loser will find a way to take it from you. I agree,thank God for insurance. I feel for anyone that this has happened to.
  6. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    The worst part is it's way worse than some clown stealing your TV. The are stealing your livelyhood when they take your equipment.
  7. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
    Messages: 516

    I`ll start the list, this is not a bullschitt list either,

    Stihl saws;
    a 084 magnum with a 48" bar
    2, 066Magnums one with a 42" bar and the other with a 36"
    a 020t
    a 019t
    a 017
    Snow equipment;
    a 2 meter meyer plow blade
    a 6` meyer blade off of a large garden tractor
    a honda hs 50 track drive snowblower
    a jacobsen snowburst snow blower
    about 50 bags of salt
    2 lawnboys [junk anyways]
    a simplicity 3416 garden tractor with homemade 4` flail mower
    and my crapsman edger

    I was away for the holiday, and I had a suprise when i got back home, About 10k in equipment gone!!. They had to had a strait truck, thank god the homeowners ins covered it. Now I have cameras up in every corner of my shop!!
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    I got hit recently.THE SORRY RASCAL GOT MY
    028 STIHL.It just wouldnt do for me to find
    the fella.We would both be losers cause I might have to go to the jailhouse . M y stihl was my bud.
  9. leeslawncare

    leeslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    Well. i've been so lucky (knock on wood )!!. I carry my stuff to my regular job (i'am a 7yr. part time PRO )I always lock an chain all my s%#@ to my truck an trailer an so far i've been lucky.We had some break ins at work but the must have been lazy folks cause they took c.d.'s an stuff like that ...
  10. Russ

    Russ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 540

    2 yeaars ago. Broke into the shop. Didnt take one piece of grass equipment no mowers,weedwhips, blowers nothing. Did take comperssor and all air tools, compound miter, and everything else associated with wood working. Total loss,$2800. Insurance paid $1400, after deprication and deductable. Took the ins. co. 4 months to pay and before they did they sent me a bill for $975. for my homeowners premium.(they give me 30 days to pay my bill, they pay when they feel like it). Agent told me no increase in policy rate but any other claim and my neithborhood would be "reclassified" and I would be droped. By the way this is the 1st claim I've had in 28 years. GEE I sure am fond of Insurance companies. After labor total insurance is my biggest cost!

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