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Fire and Theft: How can we avoid it and stay safe?

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On 14 October 2017 at 04:04, Delasaurus said:

Just came across this...smart idea me thinks!

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That is until it's located on Google Earth! 😒

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One thing NOBODY on here has considered as motive for theft, and I believe it's what my Celestron tripods ended up as, is scrap metal.

They're not all smack-heads and druggies going around looking to fund their habits, but essentially professional thieves.

Day before my stuff was half-inched they sent their kids around looking for scrap, I had an old aluminium ladder out in the back garden... To cut a long story short they took that ladder too.

I tried ringing round some of the local scrapyards - no joy. One of the people on the phone was pretty darned nasty too tbh.

I do suspect that some of these scrap metal merchants are in collusion with such thieves. 😒

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That's a thought 🙁

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Well, how sellable are two sets of metal legs and a wedge? People don't shell out cash for stuff they have no clue what they're are; if they did I could sell a few bridges on da tinternet!

Take them apart and even most astronomers here won't recognise what they are, but scrap metal dealers would love them!

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I live in an area that (despite the rumours) is *relatively* crime free. With a little
ingenuity, protecting e.g. tripods against (casual) theft, seems a real possibility?
Whatever, I have devised extra obstacles to less determined "non-professional" 
criminals? A few extra HOLES in metal things... Add Heavy Chains... Padlocks? 😛

I suppose if "Bad people" come equipped with Angle Grinders, Bolt Cutters etc.,
I will be heartbroken to lose (my precious) few £100's of "scrap metal" at most?
(The Telescopes and "Optics" live indoors with me at all non-observing time!) 😉

I AGREE that a potential enemy is "careless talk"? According to ONE neigbour I
have "Thousands of pounds worth" in my Shed... I'm also a Secret Millionaire😸
(Seriously, if I had a *tiny* fraction of the stealable wealth of such speculation!) 

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1 hour ago, Gina said:

That's a thought 🙁

Indeedleedeedleedoo Gina

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40 minutes ago, Macavity said:

I live in an area that (despite the rumours) is *relatively* crime free. With a little
ingenuity, protecting e.g. tripods against (casual) theft, seems a real possibility?
Whatever, I have devised extra obstacles to less determined "non-professional" 
criminals? A few extra HOLES in metal things... Add Heavy Chains... Padlocks? 😛

I suppose if "Bad people" come equipped with Angle Grinders, Bolt Cutters etc.,
I will be heartbroken to lose (my precious) few £100's of "scrap metal" at most?
(The Telescopes and "Optics" live indoors with me at all non-observing time!) 😉

I AGREE that a potential enemy is "careless talk"? According to ONE neigbour I
have "Thousands of pounds worth" in my Shed... I'm also a Secret Millionaire😸
(Seriously, if I had a *tiny* fraction of the stealable wealth of such speculation!) 

Beware that once they do you over, they might wait for a few months till you've replaced your valuable gear, then they'll repeat their "favour".

That's a common tactic they employ.

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