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Old 09-28-2020, 07:26 PM
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Default Hangar Theft

Last week the lock on my hangar was cut and all my tools and spare small recurring parts bins (screws, nuts, electrical connectors, etc) were stolen. Iíve been at this airport over five years without one single of theft occurring. Unfortunately my hangar wasnít the only one broken into that night. Several others experienced equal or greater losses. No airport cameras. The city is now going to install a basic camera system by the gates Iím told.

There have been a series of hangar break-ins at several nearby OKC airports recently so hopefully the police will eventually catch these folks. My loss estimate is nearly $4,000. This sucks !

My home is almost an hourís drive to the El Reno Airport. Now I have to have to load up the car with the tools I need and hopefully bring ALL the correct tools for the job. Iíve lost more than the valve of the tools and supplies stolen, Iíve lost faith in the ability to keep things safe at the airport.

Interesting side note: they took my extension cords but left one old cheap extension cord and plugged it into my old boom box and refrigerator to keep them working. I guess they didnít want my old junk and thought cold water was important.

Thankfully they didnít bother the RV.
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Old 09-28-2020, 07:35 PM
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Well, that is an unfortunate thing that a lot of humans like to do. If you have internet, you can have a camera with a motion detector that automatically sends you a notification if someone is IN or at the door of the hangar, or however you set it up. It is petty theft and those tools will end up at the pawnshop most likely. Donít forget to put a sticker ę* smile you are on camera*Ľ

I stopped having my stuff stolen since I have those deterrent. Again, if someone really want in, they will get in. In most cases, they are looking for quick cash and low value therefore no jail time.
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Old 09-28-2020, 07:46 PM
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Ach, that's horrible. I used to have a recurring nightmare about that when I was building my plane in my poorly secured garage. Thankfully those went away once I got it to a hangar.

I have a good deadbolt and lock system on my hangar, and Arlo cameras inside. I've also used Wyze cameras elsewhere. Definitely worthwhile for my peace of mind -- after all, the infamous "barefoot bandit" was known to have come through here on his airplane-stealing spree a few years back

The Arlo cameras are kind of expensive, and use batteries not hard-wired (I got a battery - AC adapter for that reason), and are somewhat unreliable in my experience, but the free plan for cloud storage of clips is pretty good. Wyze cameras are a lot less expensive and I like the hard-wired AC, and the upgrade to a good monthly cloud plan is quite cheap.

With either of these you'd need internet of course but if it isn't available one of those WiFi hotspot things would do it.

Arlos also come with a sticker to put on your door, and maybe invest in a "Area under video surveillance" as a deterrent.

I know for you that's kind of a "closing the barn door after the horse has left" type of thing, but for me doing stuff like that at least makes me feel like I'm doing something. And perhaps this will inspire others in the area to do so (and maybe even catch these creeps).
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Old 09-28-2020, 09:47 PM
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That sucks man. No other way to say it. Sorry you have to go through this.
As things progress I think we would all be interested to know how/if any of this is covered by insurance.
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Old 09-28-2020, 09:51 PM
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Default hangar break-in

I totally feel your pain. My hangar was broken into (I'm a renter) and they broke the locks on the doors to the hangar, tool room and lounge. The thieves weren't very bright because they stole nothing. The door was replaced by a super heavy security door but, more important, we now have a Ring security camera and motion detector installed. You, being an hour away, would need monitoring but I'm much closer and can be there in a few minutes. It's worth a thought. I get a message on my phone and an audible alert. I can look at the camera and see what's going on and it tells me when it gets armed or disarmed. Oh, and I can call police if I need to. Peace of mind is priceless. Anyway, just a thought.
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Old 09-29-2020, 06:04 AM
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If nothing else, get a decent game camera and stick it somewhere so you could at least get footage of any criminal activity. We had a string of break ins years ago and wifi not on the airport. It's a horrible feeling and on just glad your plane wasnt damaged. At our field the rookie crooks stole a golf cart and hit a T6 stabilizer in the process. I hate a theif!
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Old 09-29-2020, 07:22 AM
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Hi Jim,

The same thing happened to me many years ago. My aircraft insurance covered the headset and handheld radio stolen from the plane. I had a friend who used to work in the insurance business and he told me to check with my homeowners insurance on the the tools and other items. I was very surprised but State Farm did cover all but my deductible on the rest of it. The airport security cameras did not pick up any useful video. I also started using a trail cam in the hangar. Not the best solution perhaps, but if you don't have wifi access, its better than nothing. I monitored ebay and pawn shops for a year or two but nothing ever showed up.

Be sure and make a police report if you haven't. It helped me get the insurance coverage. I also had to have proof of ownership. Fortunately, I had kept the tool receipts for warranty purposes, and had pictures of some of the other items.

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Old 09-29-2020, 07:28 AM
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I'd recommend cameras as well. Our former home was burglarized about 10 years ago. I found out about it when I got home and saw the side door kicked in and a bunch of stuff missing. I called the police, who dispatched an officer, who arrived in about 15 minutes. I asked the officer later about alarm systems, and he asked me "How long did it take me to get here after you called the dispatcher? Fifteen minutes? If you had an alarm system, it would take me at least that long to respond to its call. A good burglar crew can be in and out in less than five minutes."

He told me the best chance of stopping it is to have cameras visible in the areas around entrances and windows--if it doesn't stop a burglar, it at least will provide video evidence for an investigation.
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Old 09-29-2020, 08:16 AM
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Unfortunetly crimes of opportunity are very common. Security cameras, alarms, locks ect are really only gunna catch the 'honest' thieves, the ones that ain't too bright!
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Old 09-29-2020, 09:18 AM
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A good reminder to make and keep updated an inventory of your tools. I know I have receipts for some of them but I know I didn't keep receipts for all of them. Some of the best tools I have were received as gifts or bought at flea markets... Some are literally irreplaceable.

If nothing else, take a photo of each drawer in your toolbox, and a photo of each small parts bin along with an overview photo showing where they are normally stored. Proof of possession can be adequate proof of ownership to the right insurer.
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