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Central Indiana Thefts

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by ceaman, Jan 11, 2003.

  1. ceaman

    ceaman Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    Central Indiana look out.

    The local Meyer dealer warned me that they have had more than a dozen people in the past couple weeks who were getting estimates for replacemnt parts. It seems that someone is torching framework to get pumps and other parts.

    One guy even reported that while hunting he saw someone near his truck. Thinkning it was the DNR he approached the truck, the group loaded in thier pickup and rushed off, pulling the torch hoses in the bed of the truck as they were driving away. The guy found that they had pulled the harness thru the firewall, silenoid unmounted, and half of the frame bolts torched. Left unable to chase them as he couldnt raise the plow.
  2. OffRoadPlow

    OffRoadPlow Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    Thanks for the post, I'm not in IN, but we border..... He was hunting right, I know if I saw what he did,,,

    :gunsfiring: :gunsfiring:
  3. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    you better watch out Ceaman. Didnt you have your plow stolen once already?
  4. jbutch83

    jbutch83 Senior Member
    Messages: 227

    We took a report from a local dealer, someone had called about new lights for a Western ultramount. Seems the guy on the phone was not happy with the price, so he went to the dealer at night, and stole the lights off of an assembled unit outside. Can't understand why the dealer leaves all of his plows outside, maybe he will start storing them inside. (He has the room)

  5. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,559

    a landscaper in our area had an entire uni-mount plow stolen a few years ago. police figured vehicle that stole it had the uni-mount system on it. not to much help because WESTERN plows are on 85% of the truck out here. So, keep your plow inside if at all possible. and if you're reading this and you've ever taking something from a plower or off someone elses vehicle that plows....I hope you hit a fire hydrant and wreck both the stolen plow/parts and your truck!!:nono:
  6. fordman

    fordman Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    I agree with OffRoadPlow. If I was hunting and saw that happening to my truck I know what I would have done.
    Plows are definitly to easy to steal. With the right equipment you could take everything except the plow sub frame and truck side wiring in less than five minutes
  7. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    When I was in High School, we used to always be changing radios, trading tires and wheels with friends, swapping carbs for tires, etc. One swap I ended up with a unique car alarm. It came with a pager. I had an underhood siren for it, but never wired it up. I wanted to get a page and catch whoever it was redhanded. The alarm would set off the siren and the pager at the same time.

    Instead of pin switches, it came with vibration sensors. They were sticky backed, and you mounted them on the door jambs. There was a set screw on the control unit, to set the sensitivity of the sensors. I had it fine tuned so if you even lifted the door handle quietly, it set off my pager. Never got paged and caught anyone, but it did go off a few times. I don't know if it was a door slamming on a car parked next to mine or what. The unit was like $60 back then. I would imagine today's alarms systems might have provisions for adding sensors (or pin switches). For instance, most alarms have provisions for 4 doors, and most trucks have 2. I would add sensors to the plow frame. :D that would set off the siren.

    You guys that have plows stolen from home, need to go to Radio Shack. Just like motion sensing lights most people put by their front door, or on the roof over the garage, they make motion sensors that will ring a bell inside the house. I would rather get up because a stray dog went through my driveway than wake up and find my plow gone.

  8. mike9497

    mike9497 Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    forget that alarm crap.they steal the whole truck around here.i lost my keys once and i got in my truck and fired it up in about 10 minutes.people who live 3 houses down had 3 cars taken in the course of a year.found them all gutted within hours in bridgeport which is a 45 minute drive from me.i would rather steal the whole truck then get 5 guys together with torches to steal something worth 3000 then have to pay off your buddies and load that heavy A** thing in the back of a truck.
  9. phillyplowking1

    phillyplowking1 Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    I had a plowframe stolen out side my house I had it chained up and someone cut the chain and took the frame.About a month later i saw it on a truck so i got the tag number and showed the cops the marking i left on the frame and got it back.
  10. mike9497

    mike9497 Senior Member
    Messages: 466


    that was very smart on your part to mark it.i thought about welding a plate on my plow with my name and address or something along those lines.
  11. BWhite

    BWhite Senior Member
    Messages: 496

    once i used a stick welder and welded my mane across the back of the moldboard cant bring myself to do it to my still good looking fisher
  12. mike9497

    mike9497 Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    same here bwhite all new western plows this year but theres people out there who would love to have one for free.people even steal are christmas decorations because there to cheap to go buy a reindeere for 50 bucks.
  13. phillyplowking1

    phillyplowking1 Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    thats what i did i welded my initals on it
  14. ceaman

    ceaman Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    Yes MBD I did get one stolen last year..... January in fact. now the plow is either hanging in the up position or hidden in a garage. (not at home like before!)
  15. MLB

    MLB Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    no thanks

    the card clashes with my ACLU card :)
  16. Sno

    Sno Senior Member
    Messages: 320


    Is that supposed to happen.....