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Re: bad habits we should all break to avoid instrument theft

Postby Dubby » Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:03 am

Usually if people hear me practicing they don’t want to be anywhere near the house. No risk of theft if your playing drives everyone away! :tuba:
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Re: bad habits we should all break to avoid instrument theft

Postby andrew the tuba player » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:41 am

One thing I might throw out (not a theft deterrent) is record details of your horns in case something does happen. Make, model, serial number, finish and any Identifiable details. That way when you report it stolen you can at least have something to give the police and if you do happen to find it at the stop and pawn down the road you can readily identify it. In places with a higher theft rate (and even those with lower rates) a photo album may also be a good idea to have visual evidence that it is yours.

I've never delt with instrument theft but being in the military and living in barracks, things "go missing" all the time. Sometimes something as small as a scratch on a gaming system or tv that was well documented (along with the other info) can be enough to prove ownership.
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Re: bad habits we should all break to avoid instrument theft

Postby BrooklynBass » Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:49 pm

I'm an avid Tile user. It's been great on my keychain.

I'm considering getting one of the slim ones and sewing it into the lining of my gig bag (or just tucking it away in a seam): https://www.amazon.com/Tile-Combo-Walle ... tile&psc=1

It's not GPS, but there are some cool crowdsourced features that can be implemented.

Some cool-looking GPS gadgets are surfacing too: https://www.amazon.com/AIBEILE-Personal ... ps+tracker
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Re: bad habits we should all break to avoid instrument theft

Postby Three Valves » Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:15 pm

To avoid theft, just don't own anything worth stealing!!

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Re: bad habits we should all break to avoid instrument theft

Postby Rick F » Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:31 pm

BrooklynBass wrote:I'm an avid Tile user. It's been great on my keychain.

I'm considering getting one of the slim ones and sewing it into the lining of my gig bag (or just tucking it away in a seam): https://www.amazon.com/Tile-Combo-Wallet-Finder-4-pack/dp/B01MF9VQOP/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1507053761&sr=1-2-spons&keywords=tile&psc=1"
It's not GPS, but there are some cool crowd-sourced features that can be implemented.


That looks pretty neat. I just read some of the Q+A's and it seems the battery is not replaceable. You have to repurchase the Tile Mate in about a year. Sort of like a subscription.
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Re: bad habits we should all break to avoid instrument theft

Postby Rev Rob » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:00 pm

Mark wrote:
bloke wrote:If a tuba is hidden in the trunk - but is stolen, simply, because the entire car is stolen, very few thieves steal manual shift cars.


I'm curious, how many manual transmission cars have trunks big enough to hold a tuba?


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