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Office Broken Into

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Our office in Palm City, FL was broken into about two weeks ago. Most of our instruments were stolen.

Trimble S5 37040090

Trimble S5 36830025

MT1000 96602181

MT1000 96601967

Trimble R8-4 5438478937

Trimble R8-4 5423467541

Trimble R8-3 5303425788

Trimble R8-3 5146476928

Trimble TDL450H 12423105

Topcon GM55 1Y010189

Topcon GM55 1Y002940

Topcon ATB3A WM009443

Topcon AT-G4 ZD1471

DJI P4P V2.0 11UDJ8RR720283

Along with some chainsaws.

Posted : July 11, 2022 4:23 pm
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Be especially vigilant over the next few months. The bastards now know exactly where there will soon be a collection of brand new Trimble instruments, receivers, and other goodies. 

Posted : July 12, 2022 9:57 am
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Use to be all the field books were kept in a safe.

Now you need a safe big enough to keep all the high value equipment in.

Posted : July 12, 2022 10:16 am
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We've got 5 security cameras and an alarm system. You need to unlock 6 locks, on 3 doors, to get in to turn off the alarm. The first door is a metal door with bars.

Thieves look for soft targets; line of least resistance, make it as hard as you can, and they'll go somewhere else.

ever vigilant

Posted : July 12, 2022 11:09 am
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In my experience, besides the chainsaws and drone the thieves probably don't have any idea what the other stuff is.  We had a truck stolen a few years ago, they took all the hand tools, tripods, and radios then lit the truck on fire a few blocks away with our total station, and level in it.

Posted : July 15, 2022 8:23 am
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Oh they know damn well what they got.

Check the pawn shops, Craigslist, OfferUp and Ebay.

They may also try to sell to nearest surveyor competitor and equipment dealers in the area.

Posted : July 19, 2022 9:36 pm

Carlson BRx7 GNSS Receiver

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I always assumed the equipment would be on the next flight to Eastern Europe since taking it into a dealer for any maintenance or software upgrades would mean the serial numbers would likely get flagged as stolen. Am I missing something?

Posted : July 19, 2022 10:29 pm
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Yes, of course, depends how stupid the thieves are.

Posted : July 20, 2022 1:23 pm
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Petty criminals are usually known for their addictions, not intelligence.

The smart ones become Lawyers and Accountants


Posted : July 21, 2022 10:57 am
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