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