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#1 1anR

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 05:41 PM

I know a few people have lost equipment, here's another reminder that nothing is safe.

A 10 year old 1 Ton Terex lift & swivel dumper, that was relatively secure, being pinned in by another piece of equipment:

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was taken we think at about 01:00 this morning.

Escape route across the fields behind our site

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Note the tracks...

They drove nearly 1km across fields, cutting holes in barbed wire cattle fencing and across a narrow bridle path bridge over a river.

Scroats!

Edited by 1anR, 02 May 2016 - 05:46 PM.


#2 Alphonsox

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 05:45 PM

That's very bad news - have the police got anything to say on the matter ?

#3 1anR

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 05:49 PM

It's been reported to get the incident number, but no follow up yet.

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 06:34 PM

The only way to stop them stealing a dumper is with a kill switch fitted somewhere. That boom wouldnt have the weight in it to stop the dumper reversing.

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 06:36 PM

Grrrrr. That's a real @king Hell moment.

Our lad, the local copper, is always telling us horror stories about cheeky thefts; swiftly followed up by how much his partner's salary has been reduced (She's a CSI)

I'm just about to buy a digger. I'm going to park it next to our bedroom window.

#6 1anR

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 06:37 PM

Behind the dumper is a steel column. And with the digger off and therefore hydraulics locked, the whole digger would lift before the boom joints moved.

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 06:59 PM

Keep an eye out for it on Gumtree or ebay.

#8 SteamyTea

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 07:14 PM

Did the cattle get out too?

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 07:42 PM

Keep meaning to get a stack of these (at these prices, I could even fit 2) for the various kit lying around

http://www.ebay.co.u...racker&_sacat=0

Don't know if I'd bother with the police, I sincerely doubt anyone would swing for it even if caught red handed, half way across a field..

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 08:00 PM

Informing the police is paramount, otherwise, if it 'turns up', it'll never get back to you. :blink:
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Posted 02 May 2016 - 09:30 PM

If it was so far off the beaten track it makes you wonder who knew it was there?



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Posted 02 May 2016 - 10:17 PM

View PostSteamyTea, on 02 May 2016 - 07:14 PM, said:

Did the cattle get out too?

Thankfully not. It's a neighboring farm's fields they crossed and by luck he was out checking on any new births in the morning so spotted the holes in the fences.

View PostTriassic, on 02 May 2016 - 09:30 PM, said:

If it was so far off the beaten track it makes you wonder who knew it was there?

We have a bridle-path running adjacent to the site, so the locals would know what machinery we had on site. Their route out requires local knowledge and they must have measured the bridge up before hand. It's just a pedestrian and equine bridge, before today I would have said you couldn't get a dumper across it.

Edited by 1anR, 02 May 2016 - 10:17 PM.


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Posted 03 May 2016 - 06:09 AM

Any of the locals got CCTV close to the the exit road, maybe local property owners, shops, pub, filling station? The scroats must have loaded it into/onto something and the vehicle ID/type might be recorded.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 06:13 AM

Watch out for farm gates left "hanging" on the outside of their posts. The scrotes do that so that they can make a quick exit, simply driving at and through them across fields without having to get out to open them.

#15 1anR

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 11:35 AM

View PostTriassic, on 03 May 2016 - 06:09 AM, said:

Any of the locals got CCTV close to the the exit road, maybe local property owners, shops, pub, filling station? The scroats must have loaded it into/onto something and the vehicle ID/type might be recorded.

They would have had to load it on to a trailer, or similar, but unfortunately no sign of any cctv.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 12:10 PM

Have you driven in the likely direction of travel, how far to the main road? Did you spot any black box cameras (anpr) on lamp posts, usually at junctions.