You cannot be safe anywhere these days, My bar light was stolen off my company truck over the weekend and doing so they sledge-hammered my roof in to take it. Total damage came to $2,890.00 Alot of the cost was for the Whelen 60" strobe bar.
Thats terrible. I cannot beleive the things that happen these days. Will the insureance cover most of it? I would never think that a strobe bar would be such a hot comodoty I dont imagine that the police have any suspects either, thats too bad, you've got my sympathy, we had a vandal loose with a spray can last year, est $30,000 damages, its very disgusting.
Yes the insurance should cover most if not all but do I replace the light and if so will need to be fixed somehow so it wont happen agian. Boy my truck looks naked without that bar light, and those 10 or so blows with a sledge-hammer are a real eye sore!
that sure is strange, who would want to steal a lightbar. I mean you could steal the truck the plow etc but just the lightbar? It just seems a little strange to me. Boy some people sure are mean these days.
I might be posing an obvious question/reminder here, but does everyone have on file the serial number for their lightbar and other equipment?
I work in the Service Department at Code 3, and have a file I keep on bars that were reported stolen. Surprisingly, I check quite a few of the serial numbers I come in contact with. Especially if there is a cable cut short, damage at the mounting points, etc. Also, most of the serial numbers can be easily removed, so it's a good idea to mark the bar somehow. Could be as simple as a couple of center punch marks on a section of the frame. (Take a pic of the mark, and file with your manual, etc). Will help in identification later perhaps. I can't speak for Whelen and the other manufacturers, but I personally don't mind working a little late when I see a suspicious bar. Maybe it's a long shot, but I don't mind "keeping an eye out" for a bar that "probably has a serial number missing, and has two center punch marks at [location] on the frame" that a customer reported stolen to me. Probably won't help get this one back, but might help someone in the future recover theirs.
People really suck! Thats a shame, I thought you have a really nice looking truck too. I've seen other pics of it on this site and always thought it was very sharp. Hope you catch the dumb **** and teach him a lesson.
When My V blade got stolen it was setting in my drive way wedged between the car and truck. ( CAR < TRUCK ) Someone picked up the 880# blade off of the ground and didnt leave even a skid mark on the driveway.
Please do not take this the wrong way, as I know most Vollunteer Fireman are great people, but my money is on a young or new member of an area VFD. These types get all wrapped into the light show for their vehicles, yet dont have the money to buy a 1000.00 light bar, so they swipe one. Or the person knows someone looking for a lightbar and sell it cheap to a volley.
There was a kid when I was growing up that got arrested trying to steal a lightbar of a State Police cruiser. Talk about stupid. He grew out of this stage and is a very nice guy now, but some of these guys just gotta have a big light bar, by any means.
I see alot of Mid 80's econo cars running around with huge light bars on them. the light is worth more than the car.
Or one other possibility is a falg vehicle for large loads.
Upon pulling out of one of our condominiums we maintain, an old Chevy passed me by as I sat to merge into traffic. Long behold this guy had a bar light like mine! So I decided to follow him as it did look suspicios, the bar light was mounted on one of those RAZOR back spoilers and was at a real angle do to the spoiler (looked wrong!) I chased him through town and finally darted into a driveway, I called the police and met me there and LORD BEHOLD my bar light!!!!! Made him rip it off his truck immidetly! He told us he bought it out the back of a van at Walmart! GEEE that didnt send a reg flag up? Anyways I hope the bugerlers dont breed or the prison population will be crowded!