04-09-2002, 11:34 PM
I would like to get a listing started of stolen items with the model and serial number. Something that could be easily printed out and checked at a ham fest. The only problem is how to verify that owner A does not sell the equipment then report it stolen. Any ideas?
04-10-2002, 06:50 PM
This is a good idea. What would be interesting to note is where the equipment is stolen the most often, and where/how it ends up on the secondary market. Can a pattern be determined by dealers on eBay, or routene traders on this board? I know a couple local dealers that have a constant stream of used gear coming in, and turn it at low margins. These are very questionable individuals if you ask me.
As a former police officer, my advice is to maintain your serial records away from your station, and report them to local authorities when stolen. Every HAM should do this. Without that, it's hard to find who is culpable. If some HAM want's to file a false police report, they THEY are the criminal.
Just my thoughts,
I agree with the ser # and model # list. However, enforcement is best left up to local authorities.
As bad as I hate to say it, it appears I may have been "stiffed" on a trade deal from a few days ago. I traded a commercial mobile for a 2M mobile, shipped mine, recd an e-mail stating they got it and were satisfied with it, but have not recd his end of the bargain. E-mails have been sent but not answered.
What will I do? First, I will give him the benefit of the doubt and wait one more week (this one! ) to see if it comes through. If it doesn't, I will make sure the local police in his town recieve the serial numbers and other pertinant data. I will post him here as a shyster. Also, I have found him on e-bay, and will post neg feedback there. And, I will e-mail the president of his local ham club explaining what has happened. What will I get in return? Probably nothing. But at least some folks will be on the look out, and since he may try to sell the commercial radio, maybe he'll get caught.
And just think, hams are supposed to be "high class". Guess this guy forgot to study that part!