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#40516 - 07/23/04 04:35 AM Ripped off - Same Old Story
electure Offline


Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
The night before last, one of our jobs (a new BMW dealership) got hit by the thieves.

They got in the bins/containers, and cleaned out all the subcontractor's tools. We lost about $7K in the tools that were onsite.
The %*&#@s also got all the wire that we had onsite (fortunately just a little before the big stuff for the feeders and the Super Tugger went out to the job).

Plumbers, HVAC, Fire Sprinks, Steel Workers...they didn't miss any of the trades.
They even took shovels!!
(The last time this happened, there was a Security Guard in a trailer. The thieves stole his bicycle, which was chained to his trailer. So much for that idea)

The moral of the story:
Keep as little as you can onsite.

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#40517 - 07/23/04 05:15 AM Re: Ripped off - Same Old Story
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
Off with thier heads i say!

steal a man's tools, and you steal his means of making a living.

the misreable wretch should be shown no mercy

this is why black market tools should be boycotted aross the board.


#40518 - 07/23/04 06:12 AM Re: Ripped off - Same Old Story
Attic Rat Offline

Registered: 12/14/03
Posts: 530
Loc: Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
Thats bad news,Scott,...hope your stuff was insured...
.."if it ain't fixed,don't break a Licensed Electrician"

#40519 - 07/23/04 08:22 AM Re: Ripped off - Same Old Story
Lostazhell Offline

Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1248
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
I'm getting ready to weld some "disc" locks on my workvan... People are just $^^%@#$;'brainless sometimes!


#40520 - 07/23/04 08:48 AM Re: Ripped off - Same Old Story
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
Sorry to hear it. It's getting to the point where micro-cameras after hours are as essential as lineman's pliers during work...

#40521 - 07/23/04 11:23 AM Re: Ripped off - Same Old Story
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6791
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
For what it's worth, the disc locks, or all the other tricks I have seen only deter the guy who's truck it is from getting in & out quick, or the quick grab n' run theives.

Saw a plumbing van, disc locks on cabm side & rear at body shop. THey still emptied it out.....used a cordless sheetmetal nibbler & cut the side panel out!!


#40522 - 07/23/04 04:36 PM Re: Ripped off - Same Old Story
e57 Offline

Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2837
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
It's like plauge... Sorry to hear 'bout it.

As for chopping the head off... Chop off the hands first!
Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason

#40523 - 07/23/04 06:45 PM Re: Ripped off - Same Old Story
NORCAL Offline

Registered: 09/25/02
Posts: 805
If you chop off their hand(s) then they have to be fed for the rest of their miserable existence,my vote is for the establishment of the "Michael Fay Educational Institute" more commonly known as the caning rack,if you did not know who Michael Fay is he was the kid who got his butt beat in Singapore.

#40524 - 07/24/04 06:19 PM Re: Ripped off - Same Old Story
nesparky Offline

Registered: 06/21/01
Posts: 650
Loc: omaha,ne
For tool thieves maybe the old british navy punishment of flogging should be used.
You can't insure everything to full value, so any theft comes outof you pocket
I am looking for the jerk that stole my 32' ladder off my van.

#40525 - 07/26/04 08:13 PM Re: Ripped off - Same Old Story
Big Jim Offline

Registered: 07/18/03
Posts: 377
Loc: Denver, CO USA
Trying for physical security on a larger job site is pretty much impossible. They open the right box the hard way first and then they have torches or power saws or whatever they need. If it's too heavy, there are cranes, loaders, and forklifts available. Usually a couple of trucks so they don't have to risk anything of their own. a dedicated crook will find a way. As much as you can just don't leave anything on a job site and hope they don't follow you home.

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