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Old 01-01-2014, 08:47 AM   #29
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Battery and copper thievery is getting so bad. I often hear of copper thieves who take high tension power lines... LIVE high tension power lines... They do not often do it twice however, as they are put out of our misery the first time.
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Battery and copper thievery is getting so bad. I often hear of copper thieves who take high tension power lines... LIVE high tension power lines... They do not often do it twice however, as they are put out of our misery the first time.
You mean theivery.
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Dictionary says:Thievery - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Around here, we've had cases where the thieves climb telephone poles along the street and take down long lengths of large diameter telephone cables (maybe 100 pairs or more) feeding entire neighborhoods. It's insane what they'll go after. I don't know how they unload it though because the cops are all over the recycling places now.
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Whatever system you come up with to secure your batteries remember. Locks only keep the honest people honest. If someone REALLY wants those batteries no amount of licks or boxes will stop them. A simple light chain and padlock looped around the boxes will probably be all you need. Anything stronger and you will not only have new batteries to replace but damage to the RV to repair also!
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To protect batteries.....

Attach a dog tie out leash to either the tong of the trailer or a tie out stake near the tong, Run the leash UNDER the trailer.. NOTE, no dog on the other end,, Just the leash.

Put two BIG, I mean five gallon size, dog dishes,, A bit of food (2 or 3 kibbles) in one and water in the other.

That's one BIG dog dish. Logically for one BIG dog.

After I left the Police dispatch center I told tow trucks where to go for a while.. Cleopatera was the name of the dog who ate out of those dishes.. She was a pussycat for me.. but .. Well.. She really liked folks who entered the lot at night.. She thought they were tasty.
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Around here, we've had cases where the thieves climb telephone poles along the street and take down long lengths of large diameter telephone cables (maybe 100 pairs or more) feeding entire neighborhoods. It's insane what they'll go after. I don't know how they unload it though because the cops are all over the recycling places now.
I'm curious , you said this was along a street. To me this means it was in a town or city. Why didn't they wake anybody up or attract any attention?
If it was out in the country then that's different.
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It's happened in semi-rural areas not to far from the rural area we're in (Langley) but even in urban areas. There was one close by and on a busier arterial road. Maybe in the dark in the middle of the night you wouldn't notice someone up a pole? I just can't picture how they would do it, but they do. It'd be pretty heavy to haul off too. It's pretty brazen. Being whacked out on drugs must help... They've even climbed microwave towers and risked life and limb. But it's not what it used to be like a year or two ago since they clamped down on the scrap dealers.

Some stories:

Thefts cost Telus millions a year Note the severed finger and electrocutions!

Telus and BC Hydro praise new metal theft law, but industry still critical

Stolen metal law comes into force in B.C. - British Columbia - CBC News

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I'm curious , you said this was along a street. To me this means it was in a town or city. Why didn't they wake anybody up or attract any attention?
If it was out in the country then that's different.
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It is a little hard to describe, but...

The cost of my welder and the supplies was $150.

The two vertical supports for the cross bar have threaded bolts at their lower ends that are welded to the upper flat sections. These bolts then pass through holes in the support frame for the battery. Suitable washers and nuts are then put on the bolts and adjusted to pull the cross bar down to put a slight pressure on the tops of the battery boxes.

Finally, to slow down a determined battery thief, another nut is welded onto the extreme lower end of each bolt.

Hope this helps! And now with my new Wind River, I have to do this all over again!

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Whatever system you come up with to secure your batteries remember. Locks only keep the honest people honest. If someone REALLY wants those batteries no amount of licks or boxes will stop them. A simple light chain and padlock looped around the boxes will probably be all you need. Anything stronger and you will not only have new batteries to replace but damage to the RV to repair also!
Agree with you, just want to make it more trouble to remove them so they move on.
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Just last night $6000 worth of batteries were stolen from a trucking firm in Phoenix. From the news pictures, the thieves un-bolted them instead of cutting the cables. Back in September, 34 batteries were stolen from school buses in Tempe, AZ.
Inside job? The trucking firm's mechanic did not want to repair/replace the cables? Not serious as I know nothing about it.
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Never thought about it being an inside job. Quite plausible.
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