Stolen equipment has it happened to you?

Discussion in 'Stolen Equipment' started by Bennett scape, May 14, 2008.

  1. Ford2000

    Ford2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    Friend of mine got hit last week.Hooked up to his trailer and took everything.
    Very busy street and in the middle of the afternoon.
  2. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    Was it not attached to his truck? Was he out working?
  3. Bennett scape

    Bennett scape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 201

    Alsatians are just another name for German Shepherd's it is what they are called in Europe. :)
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yes, it has.

    Here's what has changed:
    1. Both sides of the gate to my trailer stay padlocked.
    2. When I park for the night I back my trailer against a tree (harder to steal).
    3. I lock my 2-cyclers with chain and padlock, both at home and in the field, the toolbox too.
    4. Locking gas cap, locked truck box.
    5. Two real security cameras with a monitor, plus a fake one (at home).
    6. A motion detector light turned to MAX sensitivity.
    7. I almost NEVER park at HD / Lowe's with the truck unless I HAVE to!
    Not anymore anyhow, I'd rather take the car.

    8. I ALWAYS pull the keys out of the ignition, stick them in my pocket.
    9. I travel light, only the equipment I need for the day comes with me.
    10. Where the equipment is stored, locked door.
    11. Any equipment stored outside due to size, chain and padlock.
    12. The tongue to my trailer is padlocked onto the ball, then the receiver has a locking hitch pin.
    13. As I work I throw an eye at my truck at regular if random intervals.

    Now that don't guarantee it...
    If someone wants it bad enough they will take it, nothing I can do about that.
    But it seems to help.
  5. Ford2000

    Ford2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    The trailer was parked in his drive not attached.It was parked between his boat and the front door to his house.
  6. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    Now that does take some guts to do that.

  7. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    I seriously doubt that there's even close to 10-15 billion trailers in the US to have stolen.
  8. Ford2000

    Ford2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    HERE WE GO :nono::nono:This will take about four or five.
  9. ken gustafson

    ken gustafson Inactive
    Messages: 237

    Yes...I can understand why such a large figure is hard to believe. But all you have to do is check it out...FBI statistics say 10 to 30 BILLION... trucking industry says 5 to 15 Billion and a bunch of that theft is not reported. Horse industry says a few billion but not exactly and the boat industry says a bunch and the construction industry says billions and the farming industry says much theft...AND no one breaks it much is trailers only and How much is equipment and how much is freight but does it really matter when it is all gone. It could be 10 BILLION in trailers and 30 BILLION in freight and equipment. There is much said about theft..30 million in Dade County, Florida alone so what is a big number when no one does anything about it is yours and it is gone. They took mine and now it is going to really take an effort far beyond bolt cutters and crow bars and common stuff plus the one thing that makes everyone of the thieves really nervous...time. So come on check it much is stolen each year...all I read is MANY BILLIONS....Ken
  10. ken gustafson

    ken gustafson Inactive
    Messages: 237

    All of the figures...I quoted were in U.S. dollars not in actual trailer numbers. The FBI figure is 10 to 30 Billion U.S. dollars..whatever number they are using is in U.S. money...just the same that's 30,000 million dollars and I know that it is a guess. I have tried talking with a trucking outfit and they said that they do not report all theft to insurance companies. Anyway I believe it is a big number but have no way of breaking it down. Ken

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