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#1 User is offline   WardenWolf 

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 12:34 PM

While the first thing a person typically does when they get a new piece of paintball hardware is not write down the serial number, this little step can very possibly see your gear returned to you in the event it gets stolen. Here are some tips:

1. Write down your serial numbers and store them some place they will not likely get lost. In a filing cabinet or other location is a good choice. Storing them only in a file on your computer is bad because if someone breaks into your house, they will probably steal your computer, too. Additionally, be sure to note where the serial number is located on the gun. Some serial numbers are not that easy to find or may be obscured by add-on accessories, and if no one can find it, you won't get it back.

2. Take current pictures of your marker, noting any identifying features. Keep in mind that external accessories may be removed and sold separately by the thief, in a "chop shop" operation. If possible, also take a picture of the serial number. Again, storing them on your computer is not ideal. There are many imagehosting sites like Photobucket that will allow you to securely store your information independently of your computer. As a bonus, it also provides a nice gallery for you to show off your stuff.

3. Consider placing some identifying mark on or inside your marker. Carbide engraving tools are cheap, around $5, and can mark metal with ease. While these marks are not very deep, and can easily be ground or sanded off, most thieves would not think to look inside the marker.

If your equipment gets stolen:

1. Call the police, file a police report, and provide a copy of all information you have to them. Additionally, everyone has to sign a waiver at a field when they sign in. If the thief was a fellow player, chances are their information is on file at the field. Inform the police of this.

2. Notify all local fields (and even some in nearby communities) and provide them with the information. Ask that they post it somewhere visible. If possible, provide them with a laminated poster that they can put up so people can see the information and know what to look for. The reason I say laminated is because, quite simply, rain happens. The longer your poster remains intact and up, the greater the chance of someone finding your gear.

This post has been edited by WardenWolf: 15 November 2007 - 06:46 PM


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Posted 15 November 2007 - 03:56 PM

Thanks for the advice Warden.
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Posted 15 November 2007 - 06:26 PM

good advice warden
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Posted 15 November 2007 - 06:51 PM

View PostShadowlord, on Nov 15 2007, 08:26 PM, said:

good advice warden



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Posted 01 December 2007 - 08:49 PM

thanks, thats a good idea. but luckily(and not) paintball isnt huge in our community
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Posted 01 February 2008 - 03:24 PM

View Postoerllikon, on Dec 2 2007, 03:49 AM, said:

thanks, thats a good idea. but luckily(and not) paintball isnt huge in our community


i'm slowly getting most of my friends into it

and good idea, i'm going to do this now
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Posted 09 February 2008 - 04:42 AM

Also register and post photos on these:

https://www.immobilise.com/

http://www.markerreg.com/

Immobilise is a registration system available to the police (UK though)
(There are likely to be versions in each country as well)
The idea behind Immobilise is that stolen goods retrieved by the police can be referenced on the database, and owners can report items to be highlighted to the police. Originally designed for mobile phones it also allows for blocking of your phone when reported. (But obviously for UK networks)


MarkerReg is a specific paintball community register.
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Posted 01 March 2009 - 09:41 PM

Arg. My gun was stolen about a month ago, and I wish I had thought of doing any of this, it would have been a very good idea in hindsight. I did not take pictures of my gun, and i didn't think of writing down the serial number, and now even if i do find it, there is no solid proof that i owned it. I also didn't realize it was gone for until now, (been pre-occupied with school and work) so filing a police report is probably out of the question now, so unless i can find it at a pawn shop, i'm screwed.
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