How do you prevent theft of equipment on your trucks?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Horselovers, Aug 12, 2012.


    FLATBED Road Train Member

    Lets say I got it a very DISCOUNTED price from what he was asking for it
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  3. Mr Ed

    Mr Ed Road Train Member

    Apr 6, 2009
    Retired in Taunton Ma
    Where in Saint Louis is this Walmart ? I want a certain pos company truck to disappear forever.
  4. Grumman

    Grumman Light Load Member

    Nov 7, 2009
    Locust Grove, GA
    Were the tarps on top of the trailer? I thought about getting one of those tarp trays to put on top of my headache rack. Primarily to get the tarps off the deck so I don't have to move them around when putting freight on the top deck. I'm maxed out in the belly box dept. and already have a couple tarps in a box. I figured maybe putting my remaining 3 up high would make it harder work for someone to get down. Nothing like trying to lift a 100lb tarp over your head. Maybe keeping them dirty looking would help as well, dunno.
  5. Grumman

    Grumman Light Load Member

    Nov 7, 2009
    Locust Grove, GA
    Now that's funny. Leave the keys in it with a note giving a two week headstart, or please take to Mexico...
  6. Quickfarms

    Quickfarms Heavy Load Member

    May 29, 2012
    Los Angeles, Ca
    May be he needs to find better places to park
  7. G/MAN

    G/MAN Road Train Member

    Sep 3, 2010
    You can discourage people from stealing, but you won't stop a theif unless you catch them in the act. I have had fuel stolen, batteries and wiring harness taken. I also had someone steal a single tire chain off my trailer. Go figure!! Fuel was at $5/gallon when it was stolen. They hit me for about 150 gallons. Those batteries was only 6 months old. I have no idea why anyone would steal a wiring harness other than the copper. Some people will spend more effort stealing than they would working at a legitimate job. I keep tarps strapped and try to watch where I park. I don't recall having anyone mess with my wiring, but anything can happen. If things are happening at the same location, I would find a different place to park. There are a couple of truck stops around St. Louis where he could park and might not have a problem. You really never know. Tarps are expensive. I would find somewhere else to park the truck and check on it every now and then and at unpredictable times. If you find someone in the act, shoot them. Problem solved!
  8. jpracer1

    jpracer1 Medium Load Member

    Nov 26, 2009
    or when you park just roll those tarps into the back of your pickup or trunk of your car
  9. Semi Crazy

    Semi Crazy Road Train Member

    May 13, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    You know you can't leave stuff unattended and expect it to still be there when you get back. Even if Obama is wanna-be President.
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  10. king Q

    king Q Road Train Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Johannesburg sa
    If you don't have place to stow the tarps then put them on the ground and pull a front wheel on to them.
  11. Taildragon

    Taildragon Heavy Load Member

    Jun 22, 2012
    I just found something interesting in this post and it reminded me of two different incidents, to make a very long story short, I caught someone attempting to rip me off in a truckstop parking lot, and he took off running. After inspecting the truck all the way around, I found that my right side clearance light at the rear of the trailer was hanging out, still connected to the wiring, I reattached it and took off. A few months later in a different part of the country, I pulled in to a truckstop, went in to eat, came back out and noticed that the left side clearance light at the rear of my trailer was hanging out, still attached to the wire, whereas it was in order when I went in, I had gone around kicking my tires and would have noticed this. I left the light like this and sat down in the drivers seat to do some paperwork while keeping an eye on everything around the truck and sure enough about twenty minutes later I noticed movement on the left side of the truck, someone came out from under the truck setting beside me on the left and was just standing there looking around, I opened the drivers door and he took off, I fixed the light and left. My thought is, (and I had forgotten it until reading this post), when someone scopes out something to steal, do they take out a clearance light and leave it hanging to "mark" the truck for later, or to watch and see where the driver is, I am wondering if any one else has noticed this? Horselovers, were the lights jacked with at the same time that your tarps were stolen?? My clearance lights were not LED, they were just standard lights.
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