Leica TS12 [SN 878821] along with Leica tripod stolen today @ 2:45 from the corner of Ave L & E 22nd St., Brooklyn. CS20 said "target lock lost" as a car parked on line, took 2 steps to the side, looked up and the instrument was gone. Dealer has been notified and it is in Leica's database as stolen.
Terrible news. Good on you for posting. All the best to you.
Ugh...Hopefully they were robbed by the fence they tried to sell it to, and then that person got a good old dose of Bus Karma...stupid people make life interesting and unnecessarily difficult.........
I'm not sure how to respond... That really sucks. Or, maybe you can learn something... Maybe I can learn something. Just a thought, maybe a screw in type Anchor, with a cable, going up through the tripod, and Bell Housing, (Bell Housing is device that screws into the bottom of the total station, it's hollow, and has 5/8"x11 threads) Then, a lock on the end.
Here is one solution:
Really, it's a matter of TIME, before the grab and dash guys get to us. All of us. A mechanism to increase the "Out of car time" from 20 seconds, to 3 minutes, makes em abandon that one.
Check this out too:
A device to spook a thief, could mean the difference.
Again, sorry about your loss. I think it would be funny to see em freak out too.... I am seeing more ROBOTS in semi public places get snagged, than GPS... Maybe its the market.
Won't help recover this instrument, but Leica is now optionally offering a tracking solution for total stations.