July 27, 2007

Law and fuckin' Order...

by Chris Randall
 

I was doing my morning perusal of Gearslutz (I don't drink coffee, so I have to get my vitriol elsewhere) and came across a link to these guys. Personally, I've never had a problem with gear being stolen. Mainly because I'm not a fucking retard that gets drunk at every show.


(Positive correlation: getting drunk at your shows leads to lost equipment.)


In any event, I take serious issue with this marketspeak on their site: "You are 5 times less likely to become a burglary victim if you use SmartWater to mark your property." What's the mathematical formula that produced that little gem? But that said, if you have high end stuff you normally travel with, and we know that the market for such items is on the small side, it might not be a bad idea to mark it with something like this. I guess it's an invisible ink that has "DNA" of some sort.


I'll admit that I get a fit of the giggles when I picture myself trying to explain to the Barney Fife cops that work in this town that I have fluorescent DNA painted on my gear, but... yeah...
Thoughts? Common sense is the most obvious deterrent against theft, but sometimes shit happens you just can't control.

 
 
 

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Jul.28.2007 @ 4:27 PM
Aahzekiel
"If you really don't want it stolen, deface it like crazy. Paint your name all over it and make it ugly so nobody will take it."

That may be the winning approach. Make em work (scrub scrub) if they wanna fence it.

 
 

 
Jul.29.2007 @ 3:25 AM
BirdFLU
Maybe every cop in England carries a special blacklight decoder ring, but I doubt it. It won't help you in the US though.

Having been an officer for a few years I can tell you what works:

Etch the two letter abbreviation for your state followed by your drivers license number on your gear. Even the Barney Fife cops can run your drivers license number. No police in the US have access to your Social Security Number, so DO NOT use that. Some states use your SSN as your DL number, but use the DL format.

In most states it's illegal just to have a piece of property where an etching of the DL number has been scratched out so it's unreadable. If you buy a piece of gear with a DL on it, etch one line through it so it's still readable, then put your DL next to it or below it. If you follow these steps, even cops that are only half paying attention can get your stuff back to you. Pawn shops are supposed to be aware of these procedures too, but it varies widely from city to city on if the pawn shops are monitored by the police or not and if they avoid buying stolen gear.

Arresting burglars and thieves is fun, but it was always WAY WAY better when I could get someone's property back to them too. Marking your stuff and reporting it to the police when it is stolen and being able to tell the police your DL number is on the gear greatly increases your chances of getting stuff back. Most people just don't bother.

 
 

 
Jul.29.2007 @ 1:23 PM
Chris Randall
Now, that's some good advice. Hear him.

-CR

 
 

 
Jul.29.2007 @ 4:48 PM
mitchell
I actually had a flame war with a guy RECENTLY on VSE because he had such a boner for the Akai S612 and how great it is. I think the only way an S612 could possibly be cool is of the only sampler you've ever used is a Casio SK-1 (or a bunch of tape recorders and a manually triggered gates, but even that would be kinda more chic...)

mitchell

 
 

 
Jul.29.2007 @ 5:59 PM
Bounte
Another thing to keep in mind before painting all sorts of "invisible" information on your gear with the SmartWater is that many clubs have UV blacklights all over the place. Y'know, so those hot "white" tatoos and dandruff show up like purple wildfire.
 
 

 
Jul.29.2007 @ 8:43 PM
Chris Randall
And don't forget your contact lenses. If that isn't the creepiest thing in the world, I don't know what is. We hates UV, Precious.

-CR

 
 

 
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