Theft from club rooms at Ballarat

 
  cottonfingers Beginner

thanks fella's for your support, we are currently making up a list of missing equipment but it looks like we will not be running trains for a while

will post a list on this forum and to all the clubs we can.

once again we thank you.    We have got insurance but I don't know how quick they will reactso it will be a while I guess

Peter Roberts
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  Blackaddar Junior Train Controller

Location: Canberra, ACT
wow... sorry to hear about that... Sad how/when did that happen?

Black
  Blackaddar Junior Train Controller

Location: Canberra, ACT
just to expand on this subject, I'm not sure if you are aware or if you have filed a police report on the matter, which you need to do.

if you have the information at hand, hand over any serial numbers on any of your kit, this information is uploaded into the police stolen goods database which all 2nd hand dealers have a connection too and must run serial numbers of items received in there stores to insure that it is stolen.

assuming because you are insured for the value of your DCC kit i imagine this would be a simple matter if you have recorded this info as you might have needed too for insurance purposes.

Black
  sthyer Deputy Commissioner

just to expand on this subject, I'm not sure if you are aware or if you have filed a police report on the matter, which you need to do.

if you have the information at hand, hand over any serial numbers on any of your kit, this information is uploaded into the police stolen goods database which all 2nd hand dealers have a connection too and must run serial numbers of items received in there stores to insure that it is stolen.


Black
Blackaddar
Don't assume that second hand dealers actually care. If the items stolen have a generally marketable value, don't be afraid to search your local second hand shops. Most thieves aren't that bright and the items are often fenced close to home. If you email out to all the second hand dealers, they'll simply move the item underground to cut their losses.
  Blackaddar Junior Train Controller

Location: Canberra, ACT
Don't assume that second hand dealers actually care. If the items stolen have a generally marketable value, don't be afraid to search your local second hand shops. Most thieves aren't that bright and the items are often fenced close to home. If you email out to all the second hand dealers, they'll simply move the item underground to cut their losses.
sthyer
its not a matter of e-mailing its a matter of state anti-theft laws that govern the sales of 2nd hand goods and it wouldn't be a matter of e-mailing either, it would be an update to the stolen records database that they are supposed to cross check items with.

Black
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I'd keep an eye on Gumtree over the next few weeks, also Ebay although I'd consider that less likely.
Good to hear you have insurance so at least you will be able to get up and running again.
  cottonfingers Beginner

the theft happened between Sunday morning & Monday afternoon and reported to police straight away, we have still got receipts for some of the stuffbut we have photo's of all the gear

peter
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

If you can, may I suggest you notify eBay & Gumtree, if you already haven't?
  Speedbird Train Controller

Feel your pain. My dads office was broken into over the weekend and $50,000 worth of products was stolen. Hope they find the scum that did it. Good luck
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
the theft happened between Sunday morning & Monday afternoon and reported to police straight away, we have still got receipts for some of the stuffbut we have photo's of all the gear

peter
cottonfingers
Had any visitors to the clubrooms of late that took more than a particular interest in this stuff etc. Thefts are usually done by what is called casing the joint, that is actually going there and finding out what is kept where and by whom. A few innocent questions can be asked by them to different people and they get some info of when no one is there. It is usually done this way that is why a lot of modellers do not let just anyone see their stuff, the same goes for clubs, give out info about the club but do not divulge any info that could be used by a thief. Not always easy to do this though.

I hope that they get caught though low life's like this do not deserve to get away with it.
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Scum!

I wouldn't bother too much with Gumtree, eBay and second hand dealers, my money is on this gear being used by someone for their own use, or stolen to order. - Scum!

It pains me to say this, but was anyone noticably absent from the exhibition venue during the show?

Photos don't mean much, brand aside, all DCC cabs/systems/boosters and most other model railway equipment look alike, your average copper, even if they can be bothered looking real well, is not going to be able to tell if the XYZ system hooked up to someone's private layout has come from an ill-gotten gain or not.
  Piston Train Controller

I agree scum and lowlife.

Maybe it will be an opportune time to fit hidden motion detection cameras in case it happens again. Security cameras are now at a reasonable price now. Sorry to hear the news.
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
I agree scum and lowlife.

Maybe it will be an opportune time to fit hidden motion detection cameras in case it happens again. Security cameras are now at a reasonable price now. Sorry to hear the news.
Piston
I agree!!!

Many years ago I was a member of the ACT Model Railway Club and shared clubrooms with the ARHS, near Canberra Railway Station.

They had a beaut set-up for security. In the middle of the main meeting room, stood a set of air horns from a diesel locomotive. They sat on top of an air receiver tank (possibly off a 36 class or similar). This tank had it's pressure maintained constantly by a remote-located compressor. The activation of the air horns was controlled by motion sensors. I can only begin to imagine the level of damage that would be occasioned to the ear drums of a would-be "tea-leaf" when they decided to break-in to those premises!!!!

"Scumbags" is too good a name for these pryks!!!

Roachie

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