Our brand new GPS equipment was stolen yesterdayPosted by lunarfaze on January 12, 2022 at 6:03 pm
We just got it last month too. Stolen in Indio, California while it was set up. Battery and everything. We filed a police report and it’s insured. But still. Pisses me off. I don’t how the thieves plan to sell it. The serial numbers are registered with us.
Base Trimble R8S Ser. No. ending in 02163, Satel Radio Narrow Band 35 Watt, 2 new tripods, antennae, battery, cables, etc.
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- MemberJanuary 12, 2022 at 6:08 pm
Give more details brand and serial number.
- MemberJanuary 12, 2022 at 6:13 pm
Reparations. Surveyors contributed to western expansion and slave ownership.
- MemberJanuary 12, 2022 at 8:28 pm
I’m back in Colorado working and was worried about my gear.
Coming from Las Cruces, we never left anything sitting alone. In fact while setting up a static control network, some meth head walked up to one our coworkers 2m GPS setup, while she was sitting in the truck 50 feet away, and picked it up and started walking. Coworker scream WTF ARE YOU DOING” and they set it down and kept walking.
So my worry when the homeless guys would eye ball my Sx12 when I was a few hundred feet away made me uneasy to say the least. Boss said we have insurance so don’t get into a physical altercation. That was good to hear.
Hopefully you’ll find it, might need to see if there’s any locals that have an in around the area so you can ‘buy’ it back.
We had a gravity meter lifted in Mexicali years ago and found out who took it and gave them cash to get it back. Sometimes you get lucky.
- MemberJanuary 12, 2022 at 9:23 pm
O! it was just an R8. No big loss! (JUST KIDDING!!)
If you can use this opportunity to upgrade to the latest and greatest, maybe it could be a Blessing!
- MemberJanuary 12, 2022 at 10:00 pm
Thieves just suck!
- MemberJanuary 12, 2022 at 10:59 pm
It would seem that stealing expensive and registered equipment was a futile effort, and it still is in the USA where registrations are checked for activation. A savvy thief who understands what they are stealing already has a black market contact that sells it overseas where they don’t care about checking and have a work around for activation.
My COO recently came across a Leica TS-16 on EBay and bought it for $11k. Before he would come out to activate it he tracked down the former owner to make sure it wasn’t stolen. It turns out that the owner was a local PD whoused it just a few times for accident reconstruction before the County took that over. It was in pristine condition and he was amazed at the price we paid for it.
My point is, if anybody in the US tries to activate it, they will have to forfeit the instruments(s) to the Police for buying stolen equipment. Be sure to notify your salesman and let them know it was stolen so that it puts a nationwide red flag if somebody tries to activate it.
- MemberJanuary 12, 2022 at 11:23 pm
In the fall of 2001 a Topcon AP-L1A was stolen from a job trailer in Wilkesboro, NC. The next spring ir was found in the woods a half mile away with the case opened up. A thief doesn’t have a dime in it and is not in a position to negotiate a good price. The only amount they need is enough for their next fix. Anyone willing to purchase a deal to good to pass up will throw it away instead of getting it repaired. When you pay only 30 percent of the value you only need to get 30% of the use to break even.
- MemberJanuary 13, 2022 at 2:26 am
Insurance takes care of the hardware loss, but lost billable hours and blown schedules are another matter.
I’m too old to roll around on the ground with a thieving crackhead, but I will be disturbingly cruel in every way I can think of if you wreck my business.
I hope you are made whole in the end.
- MemberJanuary 13, 2022 at 3:39 am
I’m not sure what kind of insurance some of you guys are carrying. The only applicable one I am familiar with is an inland marine policy and I was told the only kind of thievery it would cover is if someone visibly broke into something to get their hands on it.
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