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Old 05-03-2015, 07:16 PM   #1
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Last week I had someone break into a commercial cap on my truck and walk away with almost everything in it in the $100-200 range. About a $1000 worth of stuff. They left my festool jig saw, track saw, and vacuum. Everything was stored in systainers. They had time to search through over half a dozen systainers.

I park in a well light well populated alley in the centre of the city. I've accepted the loss of the tools. Insurance will get me $500 of that back after my deductible.

So, that aside, what do people do to protect their tools? I'm thinking a car starter/security system with switches on the cap door gas props.

They took the tools and left the cases. Is there anything I can put on the tools that will track them?
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Last week I had someone break into a commercial cap on my truck and walk away with almost everything in it in the $100-200 range. About a $1000 worth of stuff. They left my festool jig saw, track saw, and vacuum. Everything was stored in systainers. They had time to search through over half a dozen systainers.

I park in a well light well populated alley in the centre of the city. I've accepted the loss of the tools. Insurance will get me $500 of that back after my deductible.

So, that aside, what do people do to protect their tools? I'm thinking a car starter/security system with switches on the cap door gas props.

They took the tools and left the cases. Is there anything I can put on the tools that will track them?
I don't have any great security suggestions...but I will say making an insurance claim that small is probably going to cost you more in the long run.

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Old 05-03-2015, 07:30 PM   #3
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That was my thought too. Its through my business insurance though not home insurance. I was told my premiums wouldn't go up. If I get stolen from 3 times in a span of a few years my deductible may to up unless I can prove my due diligence.
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A friend of mine lives in an upscale part of town that is very susceptible to vehicle break-ins (people from other parts of town target the area). He's been broken into three times in the last six months. Last time, he had a mickey of vodka in the back. The thief drank it and left the bottle.

He says his new plan is to leave a vodka mickey filled with Cyanide in a very visible location. And I think he's only half kidding.

While killing the thief is a bit extreme in my eyes, I'm very much in agreement with the principle of his little idea. Thieves are the scum of the earth.
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A friend of mine lives in an upscale part of town that is very susceptible to vehicle break-ins (people from other parts of town target the area). He's been broken into three times in the last six months. Last time, he had a mickey of vodka in the back. The thief drank it and left the bottle.

He says his new plan is to leave a vodka mickey filled with Cyanide in a very visible location. And I think he's only half kidding.

While killing the thief is a bit extreme in my eyes, I'm very much in agreement with the principle of his little idea. Thieves are the scum of the earth.
Just need to find some sort of clear, odorless, flavorless concoction that will make the guy stop to chit his pants in a few minutes.
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I was thinking closer to this. http://youtu.be/rI4yXZwqWKg

But, lets get back to the topic.
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not much for advice or ideas here....but i keep my 16' trailer on the side of my house, behind a closed locked fence. 2 cameras on it with motion detection that will wake me if anything (including STUPID spiders across the lens). so I see all 4 sides of the trailer simply by cracking open an eye when the alarm goes off. soon, the front yard will be closed off and the truck AND trailer combo will be protected
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I was thinking closer to this. http://youtu.be/rI4yXZwqWKg

But, lets get back to the topic.
If the pay is right I have no problem hanging out in the back of your truck.

I've always been of the opinion that if someone wants something, they're going to get it. If parking in an alley is your only choice then I don't see much standing between your tools and the people who want them. Most people in my neck of the woods just walk down the street checking handles until they find an unlocked one, or jet a few streets over when an alarm goes off.

If parking in an alley way is your only option, then your best bet may be getting an alarm system as you mentioned. Is there anywhere near you that rents parking in a garage or something that may be more secure?
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I was thinking closer to this. http://youtu.be/rI4yXZwqWKg.......

"Because sometimes getting your stuff back is simply not enough"

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I have the most inexpensive no fail security tip probably.
But you have to have your vehicle parked fairly close to your house or van by the river wherever you live.
Get the driveway sensor from harbor freight and put it in an area (tool box, inside camper shell, van door etc.) And the speaker in the house or in the job will go off every time the door opens.
And it works every time. When I had a camper shell several years ago I used it and caught some kids in the middle of the night. Turned out to be some kids my son hung out with. I knew one of their dads and he made the kid mow my grass 3 times. I was glad it wasn't someone older because i didn't really want to get blood on my truck from the pipe I carried out with me
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2 way Clifford/Viper system with push pins/sensors.
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I had someone break into my truck 2 weeks ago... The took almost all my change about 50$ but left about 1.50 in quarters nickels and pennies (which are not in circulation now)
They also took a 30$ wind bag sitting on the passenger seat, yet left the Collins coping foot, the Tim Hortons gift card the McDonalds gift card and left the stiletto 14oz titanium hammer in the back seat.

I think the thing that pissed my off most was the fact my change was gone, I drank a lot of beer for all that change, (that's where my empties go) and that was my car wash money!!! Lol and if your gonna take it, take all of it!!

Stupid kids
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You could easily make this work.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awu4GVJjQJQ
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You could easily make this work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awu4GVJjQJQ

That looks like the perfect way to kill an innocent person.
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With a Blank?
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With a Blank?

He said a blank, or rubber bullet, or buckshot.
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I sell a bunch down near the Texas/Mexico border, but only sell them with blanks. If you do use them and cops ask you, tell them they are a "trip wire notification system". Don't use the word booby trap as the word "trap" implies something else.
(I'm no lawyer, so don't take my word as the final authority)
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Security systems, locks, alarms, fences you name it do nothing more then keep honest people honest. If someone wants something bad enough they will find a way to get it.
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I've been relying on dumb luck for the last 3 years. Sometimes I'll go out to the truck in the morning and realize I completely forgot to lock the back door. What a maroon.

Part of me does want to equip some sort of camera thing so that in the event of a robbery I can use the video footage to begin my new career as The Punisher.
I'd most likely end up as one of those guys that gets murdered with his own gun though.

I like the vodka method, but then I'd probably also end up one of those guys murdered with his own cyanide vodka.
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I recently started using a trail camera..

But, after starting to use it, the only person photographs is ME.....

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