9937RE: [MedievalSawdust] Let there be security! was Light!
- May 6, 2008All this talk of security is making me happy. I am an avid woodworker,
and a licensed Security guard, and have to deal with the populace a very
good portion of the day.
What burns me the most is that people take security, and crime for
granted. They don't lock their car doors, and wonder why someone would
steal their laptop out of their car? People leave their cars running
when they make a quick stop at a convenience store, and wonder why
someone would jump in their car and talk off, with their 6 month old
baby in the car seat! It's these kind of people that give thieves and
robbers an incentive to steal. The crooks know if they wait long enough
or look hard enough eventually they will come across a person not paying
attention, and not taking their own security into consideration, and the
crooks will pounce on the opportunity every time!
Security is paramount especially when we are talking expensive tools,
and such. Tools are probably the easiest thing to pawn and make money
from by far. Tools are also very easy to pick up and walk away with, and
because society does not question a man carrying a cirular saw, or drill
(they are probably going to work) most people don't think twice.
There are many things you can do to beef up security, and that is all
well and good. Another thing you should think about is marking your
tools, this way when the police get around to doing their job, and catch
the crooks, you can without a doubt prove that the stolen tools are
infact yours, and you will get them back. You can record serial numbers,
etch or inscribe your name, and phone number, and there is also a new
marking device that recently came out called Data Dots
http://www.datadotusa.com/index.htm these are easy to apply, virtualy
invisible dots immersed in a quick drying liquid that can be applied to
nearly any surface, and help to identify your items. Simply buy a Kit of
this stuff, register the ID number, (each kit contains dots all with the
same unique number.) Apply the dots to your tools, and items, and if
they ever become stolen a simple illumination of the item with a black
light will clue the police into the fact that dots are present, and a
simple 60x scope can be used to read the unique ID. (nice thing is most
crooks wont be looking for this, and only scratch of the serial number).
And finally in the world of security, the last thing you should do to
protect your assets, it to buy insurance. Most homeowners can get a
rider for stuff contained in a garage, or workshop, renters insurance
can also be a viable solution. Either way, insure your investment for
the peace of mind that if it ever does get stolen, you will be able to
replace the stolen items, and keep you out of the poor house :)
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Liedtke Goetz
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 11:03 PM
Subject: RE: [MedievalSawdust] Let there be security! was Light!
Please take my advice as from someone who works on the physical
security of critical installations - I'm probably over the top for a
shop. On the other hand, tools are expensive and you could get some
--- "Rebecca A. Yaniv" <rivka-Y@... <mailto:rivka-Y%40telus.net> >
> For those of you with shops, make sure you have 4" screws (or better
> if there is such a thing) holding in the door frame, a nice deep
> dead-bolt or two, no weak spots in the walls, roof or whatever
> surrounding you and that _you_ are the only one with _all the sets
> of keys_ to the shop.
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