Portable generators made for private use are becoming an increasingly popular target for thieves; because more people than ever are relying on home generators as a source of back-up power, a stolen generator can be sold relatively quickly and easily for a considerable amount of money. Sadly, most generators that have been stolen are never recovered.
The people who purchase these stolen generators are usually as unsuspecting as the victims of the theft itself, especially when the thief provides a good false story or false documents, such as an instruction manual. Many documents and manuals can be printed directly from the Internet; tricking a buyer into paying for a stolen generator can be an easy task for a savvy thief. Fortunately, there are several methods that can help deter a thief from making your generator his next target.
<h1>Document Serial Numbers:</h1>
When you purchase your generator, it is essential to document the serial number and manufacturer information so the generator can be tracked more easily if it is stolen. Police will have a much easier time recovering rightful property if there is organized documentation to help with identification of a specific generator.
Taking photographs and etching or painting a name and address onto the surface of a generator is also a helpful way of identifying a machine that has been taken. Thieves may think twice about trying to lift a generator that is marked and more easily identifiable by police and the rightful owner. Additionally, stolen generators will be much more suspicious to potential buyers if the name and address on the machine do not match those of the person selling the equipment.
<h1>Chains, Padlocks and Tire Locks:</h1>
Padlocks and chains are another first-line of defense for prevention against generator theft. Chaining a generator, whether free standing or mounted, to a heavier piece of a equipment can help deter a thief. Many thieves prefer a quick snatch-and-grab, and while a determined thief might bring bolt cutters to steal a chained and locked generator, many are not so thoroughly prepared.
Be sure to pick a solid, high quality padlock and chain as these are much harder to break or cut than low quality products. Talking to a locksmith can also be especially helpful; a professional locksmith will have valuable insight to the best types of security locks to keep your generator safe.
<h1>Satellite Tracking and Deterrent Methods:</h1>
Some people have opted to have satellite tracking devices installed into their generators. When a generator is reported stolen with satellite tracking installed, the satellite can pick up on its signal and pinpoint its location. This is very efficient, but it can be expensive.
If you can’t afford the costs of satellite tracking but like the idea of using it as a method of scaring away potential thieves, another option is to put several stickers on the generator that warn thieves of installed satellite tracking technology. Of course, if a bold thief isn’t scared off by the bluff they stand a good chance of making off with the generator, but many would-be burglars may think twice when spotting a satellite-warning sticker.
Keep your generator in as safe a place as possible; while this seems like common sense, many generators that are stolen are simply carried right out of an unlocked garage or shed. Placing it behind heavier equipment or vehicles can make it very difficult for a thief to carry away. You can also remove wheels from a mounted generator and place it on wooden blocks; the weight alone may be too much for many burglars.
If your generator does get stolen, report it at once and provide all documentation possible to the authorities. Ask friends, family and neighbors to keep an eye out for any postings in the newspaper, on the Internet or by word-of-mouth of someone suddenly selling a used generator.