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Old 03-23-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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What Have You Had Stolen From You A Job Site?


Weird thread I know. Recent events have lead me to wonder. I left my 18' utility trailer at a job for two days while I was out of town. I use it to haul debris. Parked in the drive, house was vacant and return to find it missing. Trailer had a lock on it. Obviously prob should not have left it but it wasn't a bad area. Just curious to see if someone else had some bad luck with stuff walking off. Cops took a report but they are worthless.

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Old 03-23-2013, 02:24 PM   #2
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Your lucky, I had a enclosed job trailer stolen with 30 K of tools in it. I had a hitch lock and the wheels were chained together.

Yes, the cops were worthless. The trailer was recovered empty a month later in a commercial area. Not found by the police, but by a tenent that looked in it and found a set of plans that we had done. It had sat their for a month. Someone had spray painted over our logos. I called the police, thinking that they would at least check for fingerprints, but they didn't even get out of their car. Case closed, they said.

Trailer today after I took goof off to the spray paint.
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It seems to me that regardless of what security you put on your trailer, if someone really wants it, they'll find a way to take it. Sorry to hear about that.
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:49 PM   #4
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If you can name it, it's been stolen! Full bunks of wood, extension cords, tools at lunch saw while I was in the back of house The other day I was up on top of a school with the access through a locked room and up access ladder. I still rolled up all the 10g. extension cords and hoses Here I got a pic of the neighbors house. You will note the Pink Hurst the little house in the back with the roof with a few more years on it and the junk yard
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On another occaision, maybe 15 years ago, we were remodeling a Round Table pizza and we had radial arm saw (remember those), chained to a steel column. Someone drove through the glass entry doors and took the saw.

If they want it, and no ones watching, they can get it.
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To much to list. Finally got the last of my stuff replaced from when our job site was broken into
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I have had a few things taken. The lowest was when someone tromped through thick mud to take a 10ga lead cord. I remember saying "Nobody is gonna walk through all that mud to take our cord"

We generally don't do much work in bad neighborhoods, and when we do we certainly don't leave any equipment or materials unsecured. Both times that our gang box was hacked, it was in million dollar areas. Pretty much just leave cords, hoses and nails in the boxes.
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Ever consider taking the detachable emergency brake plug in (for lack of better word). Locks the axles up tight.

Back in my new construction roofing days an open trailer apparently thought to be a community trailer. Boys, meet Rex, my 140lb Rotty. He was a baby unless tied to that trailer or riding in the his truck. RIP big boy.
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I had a 16' trailer stolen 10 years ago but it was insured. I've had 3 latters lifted right out of the bed of my truck on 3 different occations while parked at the home depot. wildest was when ding some framing and I had a 150' of cord pulled froma temp pole. I layed the saw down for a second and went back to make another cut when I seen a guy 100' away pulling my saw by the cord. I gave chase but he was fast. If I would have caught that punk! well lets just say I'm glas I did'nt. lol
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Working in Detroit in a building taking lunch. Guy walks in asks if we are hiring. Boss said no and as he walked out his buddies ran in , grabbed a bunch of tools and ran out.

Another time in Detroit again we were parked in a closed parking lot. Hauling tools out to the van. Locking the van on every trip in and out. Next trip out the window ws busted and the van cleaned out of every power tool. Nobody seen anything.

Redwood I understand your pain about the po po being useless. I had a witness, names and address of who broke into my shed and where the tools were. Police said by the time they get there the tools would be gone. They didnt even write up a police report on it. Said to call the insurance co.

They will pull you over for doing 5 mph over the speed limit, but to acually go out and catch thieves, drug dealers, or gang members requires to much effort for them.
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Just a thought has anyone used the dewalt remote alarm system ? It has a gps system to tell you where it is and can keep you informed of motion sensing as well as things like humidity levels I'm pretty impressed with the literature. Was wondering if anyone has used it?
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Biggest thing I have lost was a 190 spray rig when I was starting. In the long run it was a minor loss that taught me not to leave crap on a jobsite.
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Just a thought has anyone used the dewalt remote alarm system ? It has a gps system to tell you where it is and can keep you informed of motion sensing as well as things like humidity levels I'm pretty impressed with the literature. Was wondering if anyone has used it?
Yep I run it. Have done for the last few years and I wouldnt do without it now for the minimal costs a month. Attach it to a tool you know will be one they will take if they do break in. That way if they leave the trailer and take the tools then it's with the tools. Set the alarm to silent for all settings and set sensitivity to as high as possible. As soon as that thing moves it will send you a message which tells you it's moved. You can then request a locate by sending a text to the alarm saying locate."the alarm name" and it will send you an exact address or you can bring up bing maps thought the web page and track it on the maps.
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In 11 years, nothing yet.
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4 sets of scaffold and some screw jacks.......
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I own six 5x2x2 Greenlee strong boxes, left over from when I used to GC. I welded about 4' of chain to each to lock ladders to. I remember several mornings showing up to jobsites to find the doors kicked in, and those boxes have saved me.
Just before the market collapsed, I was really considering purchasing a 20' connex sea container for tool storage. I can pick one up for about $1200, and a flatbed rollback wrecker (Jerrdan) can transport them. Still thinking about getting one for tool storage on demo jobs.
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The strangest things I've had stolen from a job site was sod that already laid and a porta potty.
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On the last job we had six boxes of nails stolen.
The lumber package was dropped late afternoon, the nails were gone in the morning.

And an already planted decorative pine tree.
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The strangest things I've had stolen from a job site was sod that already laid and a porta potty.
Porta potty????? They must have been adding a master bathroom.

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