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  1. #91
    Drew Bedo's Avatar
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    Oct 2006
    Houston Texas

    Re: Keeping gear from getting stolen...

    Don't let them see what you have and keep it locked up. Here in Texas (or anywhere hot): Not a good idea to leave your kit in the car anyway.

    For another sugestion do a web search (images) for "Smile Wait For Flash"
    Drew Bedo

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  2. #92
    Format Omnivore Brian C. Miller's Avatar
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    Jun 1999
    Everett, WA

    Re: Keeping gear from getting stolen...

    Quote Originally Posted by rdenney View Post
    The razor-blade trick is a story I heard 40 years ago and every few years since. I wonder if anyone has ever actually done it, and not just fantasized about it.
    Well, it was related to me as first-hand experience. I've used this trick: "PREMISES PROTECTED BY ABJECT POVERTY"
    (The other fellow I knew who had stereo theft problems simply had a lot of conversations with his insurance company.)

    Tom and Ray Magliozzi related a story about a battery theft problem. I think it was Tom who was living in NYC, and the battery in his car was stolen. So he went down to the junkyard and bought a nearly-dead battery and put it in. The next day, he goes down to find his windshield smashed. Apparently the thief didn't like the note Tom left, "HA HA @$$HOLE! STEAL THIS!"
    "It's the way to educate your eyes. Stare. Pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long." - Walker Evans

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    C. D. Keth's Avatar
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    Apr 2006
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Re: Keeping gear from getting stolen...

    If I leave anything in my car, which is very rare and usually just for the duration of a meal or something similar, I make it abundantly clear that the theft would not be easy nor fast. I keep the vehicle and everything else obviously locked. I keep everything in pelican cases that aren't clearly labelled as camera equipment with large visible locks, and I keep the pelican cases cable locked together either to the seat structure, a steel tie-down loop in the back, or a 20lb or so kettle bell. I also don't leave anything else out (no phone, GPS, phone charger, etc) where a would-be thief can size up the car's contents. I figure that if there's nothing obvious to take, then most people won't risk breaking in for fear of there being no reward. I also try to park somewhere busy and/or within view of my table at a restaurant if that's where I am. There are usually enough cars around with easy stuff to take that a difficult one will be passed over.

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    Re: Keeping gear from getting stolen...

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    A Carpenter I once worked with on a construction job had trouble with people taking his tools. He took a can of spray paint and painted everything hot pink. He claimed he never had a tool stolen again.

    Can you all just picture a hot pink Deardorff?
    How about a pink B&J? It looks a little better than grungy gray...

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    Beverly Hills, California
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    Feb 2000
    Beverly Hills, CA

    Re: Keeping gear from getting stolen...

    #7 is Key (7. No address on my web postings, website, I have a PO Box, and get B&H shipments at my wife's work which is open 9-5.)

    EVERYONE knows what's inside a UPS shipment from B&H!

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