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 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 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 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!
EDIT: dodgy added, #7 added, #9 added
This post has been edited by THE MENACE: 08 June 2007 - 12:54 PM