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#1 User is offline   THE MENACE 

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Posted 08 June 2007 - 12:17 PM

Many paintball players over the years have had their gear stolen. Everyone has at least heard of these stories, "gearbag and gun stolen out of truck", or "gearbag and marker taken from staging area." It's one of the biggest fears among paintball players. How can you prevent the theft of your hard-earned and beloved gear? Well, there are many avenues of approach for you to protect your paint-throwing possessions.

1.) A simple chain and padlock will go far in preventing the theft of your gear. If you chain it to the table/picnic bench/tree, very few theives are tenacious enough to attempt the theft of a mossy oak or a six foot long table.


2.) A small lock works great for locking the two zippers of your gearbag together. This way a thief wont simply open your bag and yank out your new pps blazer.


3.) If you choose your spot in the staging area correctly, this will also deter theft. The closer you are to the office/air shack/snack stand, or towards any field personnel you are, the less likely it is that you will get robbed. Remember, most gear theifs are more than likely just dumb crooks. They aren't smart enough to make a living of their own, so they steal. It's not Daniel Oceans going after your gear :P If a crook sees your gear, nice and open, next to the ref shack, then usually thats more than enough to keep him away.


4.) Probably one of the better places for your gear is your car. If you have your own personal vehicle, then you more than likely have a lock system on it. Now if a car thief comes to your walk on game, you are screwed anyway. But your average petty thief sees your gear in your car [also parked in a well-populated area], then more than likely he wont try anything.


5.) Ok, so if you didn't follow the above steps, and your gear gets grabbed, a little foresight will go along way. If you have access to government satellite coverage, then go ahead and install your average tracking device into the inner lining of your gear bag :D For the cheap players, myself included, a well-attached name tag with your address will do alot if the bad-guys decide to dump your gearbag for some reason.


6.) Well, the police found a gearbag laying on the side of the road, and how do you prove that its yours? Make some sort of personal, but well hidden, imprint on the bag. Its generally hard to argue if you tell the cops "Check in the left hand pocket, tear the lining loose at the bottom inside portion of the pocket, and find a Chuckie-Cheese token and a Willy Wonka golden ticket." By that time, if what you said is true, the gear is yours again.

7.) You decide to play with your backup, just for kicks. You left your main laying there on the staging area table. You come back, no marker. Good thing you wrote down your SERIAL NUMBER beforehand! Albeit sometimes theives will file off the serial number, this is generally a very good thing to know. Keep it in your cell phone or in your address book at home.


8.) So you set your gun down for a minute to go get your tank filled, you come back, its gone. If a marker turns up at the police station matching your description, a personal mark on the inside of a marker goes a long way also in identifying your gun. This might not be applicable for all markers, but a mark as simple as an "x" in sharpie on the inside of the grip of your 98c is generally irrefutable proof that the marker belongs to you.


9.) A list of your gear, as in a checklist, will be a good thing to have for all you gun whores out there. Just in case someone swiped your third 98c backup :P This way, if you notice when you are packing up, there is a better chance that the thief is still on-sight, and the main gate can grab it if it comes through. If you realize at home that part of your gear is gone, then chances of recovery go down.


10.) Take pictures of your gear. More than likely, the police wont know an ion from a 98c.



If anyone else has any crime-stopping ideas, shoot me a pm and i will splice them into the post!

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EDIT: dodgy added, #7 added, #9 added

This post has been edited by THE MENACE: 08 June 2007 - 12:54 PM


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Posted 08 June 2007 - 12:19 PM

Stickie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'

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Posted 08 June 2007 - 12:22 PM

One guy tried to steal my beloved Ion, not happening for him. Sticky this thread.

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Posted 08 June 2007 - 12:26 PM

Maybe fields should rent oversized lockers....That would be pretty cool. Have them air conditioned to so you can store paint. :laugh: *Adds a note about air conditioned paintball lockers to dream field*
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Posted 08 June 2007 - 12:37 PM

I keep my paint in a cooler. The kind that you usually keep drinks in. Nobody has ever opened it when they were trying to borrow paint from me, I had to tell them where it was.

So maybe use things to store your gear that aren't so obvious as to what they are.

It has worked for me so far.

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 04:19 AM

See also MarkerReg

Put up photos with serials etc, then you can report it stolen and refer it to the police. Its a bit of a lesser site as it is paintball specific.

Or there is Immobilise which is generic.

Anything can be registered and there are specialised areas for things such as mobile phones (cells to you in the US), keys, stickers and micro dots.

This links into CheckMend for you to see if something you might buy is reported stolen.

I know that in the UK police do refer to Immobilise so they can sometimes get back to the real owner before they get around to reporting.

I'm sure in the US there are schemes, if not pop down to your local police or sheriff and tell them about it.
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Posted 09 June 2007 - 07:32 AM

thanks for the links! :D i'll add them in there when i dont feel so lazy, lol :dry:

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 08:37 AM

Thanks for the tips! I'll keep them in mind.
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Posted 09 June 2007 - 09:01 AM

I keep anything valuable out of sight. I lock my guns in my trunk or put them in my tent with the flaps closed. They can't be tempted by what they can't see, and most thieves won't risk going into your tent because they can't run if you bust them. If you're really paranoid, you can use a suitcase lock to lock the zippers of your tent together. That's the absolute most important thing: keep it out of sight. If you put your markers under lock and key, be sure to hang on to your keys. Buy a carabiner keychain and attach them to your belt, or put them in a tightly closing pocket. It would REALLY suck to not be able to get into your tent, or to drive home because you dropped your keys on the field.

I store my paint in a Folgers plastic coffee can. Never had it stolen. Also works great as a pod loader.

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 06:01 PM

i just put everything in the locker, and now i'm going to take my alum case just to show off. and it has a built in lock also, so i can double lock!
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Posted 09 June 2007 - 09:13 PM

I always keep my stuff either in a locked vehicle, or behind the counter...
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Posted 10 June 2007 - 07:16 AM

At home I have at least one marker on a desk set up as my work table at all times. More often than not it is broken down because I am figuring out a certain way to mod it for a certain application.

At the field I keep my gear in a foot locker type case if I take all of it. If I only take one marker and a limitted amount of gear I just keep what I am not using in the back pack I brought it in with.

I have never had an issue with anything coming up missing. Also I know some of the field staff at my home field pretty well. They know my gear and will notice if someone else is packing it up or trying to walk off with it.
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Posted 10 June 2007 - 08:45 AM

Normally I stay near people I know me and my gear and bring just what I need to the stagging area. when I leave to go to the field the duffle gets locked and the should strap goes around a table leg. The only thing of mine that ever get's stolen are allen wrenches. Odds are not everyone is going to be on the feild at the same time. Other than that outlaw games where a staging area is nill and parking is 2 miles away I have a steel garden card that I made a gated lid for that's gets brought with me to the make shift stagging area. All other gear is locked up (including the handles) inside and it's chain to a tree. If some on can cut the chain and lug that 90lb best (unloaded) out of the woods he deserves to get it.
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Posted 10 June 2007 - 11:38 AM

Chop off the right hand of all convicted thiefs. Then if anyone sees a one handed person lurking about the parking lot or staging area...
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 12:22 PM

I stage out of the trunk of my car.
Paint in a cooler, next to the ice chest full of cold drinks
With the folding camp chair.

All my friends and I park together, and set up a table for mutual gear cleaning, etc...
If anyone is skipping a game, they chill and keep an eye on everyones stuff...if we are all playing, everyone re-loads their gear.
I know this doesn't help the kids that get dropped off, but if you are going to a field solo, I wouldn't leave anything but a box of paint out on a table.

Thieves are everywhere, and it's very easy to grab some loose gear, walk by their own gear bag, and drop off the goodies.
Better to prevent the theft in the first place...but all the advice regarding serial numbers is excellent...you or your folks might be able to file an insurance claim after a police report is filed.
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