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Old 08-12-2010, 01:17 AM
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I've been contemplating a generator purchase for SHTF emergencies but usually give up on the idea because of theft. I went through a multiple week power outage in the dead of winter a couple of years ago and realized how very useful it would have been to have had one, but also realized that they were THE hot item to be stolen from people's yards. And many were stolen.

So how do you keep them from walking off?

As a side story, after a few days of freezing, a friend's husband drove out to another state to buy one, only to have FEMA relieve him of it on his way back home. Yes, they stopped him on the road and took his generator. He then went back home, rounded up a couple of buddies and a few shotguns and repeated the trip that time without incident. So even the government was stealing them from people they found out and about with one.
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Have two covers for it. In the summer it wears a heater case mounted over it, in the winter it wears a A/C unit housing. Fight smart not hard

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own or rent? if you own pour some cement with an anchor and use a large heavy chain then build a vented shed over it that one side can come off when in use. Keep it in the basement/garage until needed for use?
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Cement Foundation with a metal bar cage.
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Wow man. People walking off with generators?

Post a guard.
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I'd like to hear more about how FEMA stole the generator. Which state? When was it? ect?? Any info you can share about it would be interesting.
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big enough that you cant lift it and in a location that wont allow something big enough to lift it to get there
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Cement Foundation with a metal bar cage.
And if the cage is big enough, disguise the cage as (part of) a garden shed or something. It's less obviously a generator when it isn't working and it's one less thing the codes & standards police can call an eyesore.
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Just wanted to share an incident I heard about after we were hit by hurricane Charley.... family had generator running on back patio after dark...after short nap, noticed window ac not working.. went out to check cords (as engine still running on generator) and found that it was his LAWN MOWER running... creative lil turds!!!!!!
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Just get one of those 20 foot long cable locks and lock it to something large like a tree or a car. Also put a sign on it that reads if you try to steal this I will shot you. Burn sign if you do shot someone.

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I'd like to hear more about how FEMA stole the generator. Which state? When was it? ect?? Any info you can share about it would be interesting.
I'm going to qualify that statement with it was either FEMA or the National Guard. It's been awhile since she told me so I could have the actual entity wrong. But it was a government group. When I run into her at work again, I'll ask her which one for sure.

It was the latter part of January continuing into February of 2009 in Kentucky.


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Ours is anchored with chains in a concrete pad and has a small shed over it (looks like a doghouse) that is anchored to the concrete pad with padlocks. We lift the hinged side for access to use it.
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Wow man. People walking off with generators?

Post a guard.

Quite a few were stolen around here and it's generally a low crime area. I imagine there was a higher incidence of generator theft in larger areas. Then again, maybe not. The higher populated areas got electric services back quicker than the lower populated areas. That makes sense to me. If you can spend 12 hours working and restore power to 20,000 people vs. spending 12 hours to restore power to 2,000 then you need to restore the most people the fastest.

It was seriously bad here in the boondocks. Gas stations couldn't restore power for several days, and the roads were so treacherous trying to drive outside the area for gas was impossible. We lost water completely for a couple of days. Even WalMart couldn't get a generator in for several days because of road conditions. So no electricity, gasoline, water, or food for several days if you didn't have some storage at home. And no electricity for weeks in some cases. People got desprate This incident is what ultimately led me to this forum. I swore I was never getting caught with my pants down like that again.
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My generator weighs about 750 lbs. If I was worried about it being stolen, I'd secure it to a concrete foundation.
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Case hardened welded chain, a postal lock, and dobie chained near by, and a shotgun near the door.
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My generator weighs about 750 lbs. If I was worried about it being stolen, I'd secure it to a concrete foundation.
I was looking at smaller ones. However, in the long run, it might be better to go with a larger one. At least it won't be that easy to make off with.
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I was looking at generators, then I saw an ad for a solar panel system with battery power storage. No gas, no putting it in the yard to be stolen. The panels can go on the ground in specially made adjustable brackets, or on your roof. Totally silent. I am looking into this, rather than a gas driven generator because when the fuel runs out you are screwed. Solar or wind power is better, we have lots of wind here.
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Lynn do you have a link to what you were looking at on those panels?

Here's a dumb question, can you use a fuel generator inside? I'd like one but where I live they're strict about **** in your yard not to mention that people steal from here all the time and were the SHTF this is where people would come.

I'd like to use one in my garage and then be able to store the fuel in a little 55 gal tank you can hook up to a truck and tow around but we don't want to commit accidental suicide either with fumes. thoughts?
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Do you have a locking shed or garage? If so, setup the generator inside and run an extension from the exhaust pipe to vent outside.
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