How to Prevent Gear Theft
Posted 12 August 2007 - 08:54 AM
I turn on the GPS feature of my cell phone and put it in one of the small pockets of my gear bag.
If it's stolen, just call the police and give them your cell number. The phone company can notify them of it's exact location.
Most modern cell phones have GPS location settings.
Posted 13 August 2007 - 07:01 PM
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Posted 13 August 2007 - 11:57 PM
Lock your gear in your car when on site and it is NOT a play day. This pertains mostly to scenario where folks are there the day before. Keep your gear LOCKED. If you must take it out, put it in a place where it is not visible and someone has to go hunting for it to see it. This includes stashed in a tent. If you must have your gear out, namely your marker: keep it with you and ON YOU at all times. And when you get tired of this, make sure it goes in a safe location....preferably LOCKED IN YOUR CAR or in your gear bag. A theif will generally be less willing to heist an entire gear bag that can easilly be spotted missing and ID'd than a single marker or item left out from the gear bag.
Also, in agreement with leaving an identifying mark: If you marker has a serial number, record it or memorize it or have some means of tracking it. If you have a PPS marker that you are NOT THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF, contact PPS and make sure that they have YOU listed as the owner of that marker with that particular serial number. Also, laser engraving. Having the marker's name laser engraved on the marker may make its resale go down, but if it is a genuinely great marker, then whoop-de-do, why would you sell it (treyisrad not withstanding ..... j.k.) and also it's something that cannot be easilly removed or altered and makes it identifyable.
If you have a particularly RARE marker, or rare flavor, make sure it is widely known that YOU own it, and make sure others know who YOU are. That way when it is spotted in the hands of someone else and you've already made it known that it was heisted then others will easilly know that the one toting it is toting stolen gear.
Example: By now most folks know that I own a blazer with SN of BZ2431 named "Veera" with her name laser engraved on the side, and also some folks know that on the other side is a laser engraving of the CPPA logo. This makes it such that if I'm not around (as in, not at that pball location) and someone has THAT marker in his/her hands, then at least one or more folk will most likely recognize that that person is toting stolen goods, as I don't lend out that marker without being present on-site.
Also, if you can, get your pball gear listed on your renters or home-owners insurance. Your gear total combined is worth enough to be covered. That way, if its heisted despite your best efforts to prevent it, then you can recover damages (though if you, say, have your rare Punisher CrowdBuster stolen.....then even $$ won't replace that, though you might use the $$ to fund PPS building you a hurricane ).
This post has been edited by Sir Brass: 13 August 2007 - 11:58 PM
Posted 15 August 2007 - 07:53 PM
Posted 20 August 2007 - 11:38 AM
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
Yo i know u posted this long time ago but i need to tell u something, i live in Mexico and the thiefs are common in the paintball fields, i always need to go with my dad or my mom so one of them will take care of my stuff, the problem is that if u leave ur stuff in ur car when u come back ur stuff and car wont be there and if u use a chain or something to secure ur stuff sum1 will break it with a hammer or an axe now i need u to give me some ideas to keep my stuff secured if i go to paintball solo.
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Posted 21 August 2007 - 01:54 PM
get a vest, and keep everything you need in there. only bring what you need to play
keep your stuff in a crowded area. chances are, people will try to stop someone hammering away at your lock
if you are deep in the woods, bury your stuff under some leaves. like this guy:
Posted 25 August 2007 - 07:27 PM
moral: #1 dont steal stuff
and #2 put your name on your gear.
This post has been edited by TippyFreak: 25 August 2007 - 07:29 PM
Posted 28 August 2007 - 08:34 PM
Posted 30 August 2007 - 09:43 AM
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Posted 20 September 2007 - 06:03 PM
And what do you usually keep in there?
*Digs through basement for chain cutters*
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 09:03 AM
Posted 19 October 2007 - 04:52 AM
You have to excuse Pinhead, bro...he has very little friends and he was raised by a herd of Mountain Goats. -EvilFingers
Posted 21 October 2007 - 07:26 PM