Securing Your Home Audio Equipment

Discussion in 'General Audio Discussion' started by Kevin Laman, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. Kevin Laman

    Kevin Laman New Member

    I was wondering how people are securing their home audio equipment. I only have a Fisher 400 and 500C but hate to have it stolen when I'm not home. If anyone cares to share their ideas that would be very helpful.

    Thank you
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  2. awillia6

    awillia6 Super Member

    Work on finding a better place to live...and hurry!
  3. avionic

    avionic " Black Knights " Subscriber

    Fort Dodge, Iowa
    Smith & Wesson.
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  4. goodolpg

    goodolpg Just an old fart trying to help.

    Engrave your drivers license number on each piece.
    Keep your doors locked when away.
    Keep a list of serial numbers for insurance or if stolen purposes.
    Many "experts" say a yard or window sign that states an alarm system is in place can "help" deter thieves.
    Fake security camera(s) and outdoor security lighting.
    Some of those might help prevent theft or break ins and may aid in recovery of stolen items, stereo gear and otherwise.
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  5. thomo57

    thomo57 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Sydney, Australia
    You need more gear, a lot more
    Stash it around the place in areas away from your main system so that it's nigh impossible for a thief to find.
    And even difficult for yourself to find at times
    So when your heart gets ripped from your body you have something to replace it with.

    It's a ploy that most AK members use unwittingly.
    I doesn't actually provide security but it provides peace of mind that someone can't possibly find all your gear.
    Even your wife
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  6. JarredCrowe

    JarredCrowe AK's drunk troublemaker

    Fabulous Las Vegas, NV

    This does seem to be a preferred method on here.


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  7. twiiii

    twiiii Addicted Member

    west Texas
    Before the Feds installed the very first Border wall along the Rio Grande, there were over 100 cars stolen weekly, people walked over to come to work without work credentials and thieves snuck across and thru drainage pipes to gain access to rob and steal and make an easy escape. Our boarder wall was the first as an experiment back in the 70's. In the mean time we all owned large dogs, kept shot guns filled and installed wrought iron over our windows and entries. Rich folks put up stone and rock walls with broken glass on top like Rich folks on the other side of the river. After the wall car thefts lowered 75%, burglaries, almost dried up and El Paso, became the safest large city in the US and has been for many years. Some of us kept our dogs and and wrought iron. We even get. insurance discounts because we do. Burgler alarms help and having an active police and Sheriffs office helps in my case. neighborhood watch is another thing you should participate in. As we are a military town that helps, too. We are allowed to carry guns in Texas and most house holds have weapons and thats a deterrent. Having most of the neighborhood populated 24 hours a day helps, too. with a lot of retirees. There are over 50,000 retired veterans in our county according to the VA.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2018
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  8. teal'c

    teal'c Moomber Subscriber

    Michigan, N of Detroit
    Buy things that are too heavy for them to carry out.

    There's really no way to stop anyone who really wants your stuff.
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  9. hugo454

    hugo454 Gold Member Subscriber

    south florida
    The goal is to have so much that it could't all be stolen
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  10. musichal

    musichal poet emeritus Subscriber

    Norman OK
    My method works really well. Retire and stay home all the time. A Remington 870 is good for this scheme.
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  11. Audiofreak71

    Audiofreak71 Boerboelicious Subscriber

    This works ^^ not many will try her and if that don’t work I have my 45 and just in case it’s all insured with Usaa.

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  12. DaveVoorhis

    DaveVoorhis Super Member

    Behind you.
    Thieves are generally looking for cash, the contents of your medicine cabinet, jewellery, watches, identification like passports, guns and small modern electronics that can be carried and sold easily for a fair amount of cash. Vintage stereos are neither easy to carry nor easy to liquidate, and thus unlikely to be considered valuable from a theft point of view because, relatively speaking, they're not. Vintage consumer stereo gear hasn't been a theft target since not long after it was made.
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  13. Blue Shadow

    Blue Shadow Waiting for Vintage Gear from this century Subscriber

    SE PA
    Who steals this gear these days? Those enjoying it are too old to be hauling a lot of stereo gear out of the house in the dark of night.
    and this is another good strategy.
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  14. goodolpg

    goodolpg Just an old fart trying to help.

    What he said ^.
    In these days of ear buds and carry your system in your pocket, the big old gear we treasure is not real high on a thieves list I would imagine.
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  15. BilboBaggins

    BilboBaggins AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Ottawa, Canada
    I agree with all above. Best strategy is live in a nice neighbourhood with a good neighbourhood watch. It works best of all! But if someone wants to rob you, they will. Not much we can do about it. That’s where having a large stash of gear comes in. Overwhelm them with volume!

    B&Es don’t happen that much around here anymore. But stereos and records were a target in the 70s. They were easy to liquidate then. That’s why a lot of gear has our social insurance numbers engraved on them. It was before the internet and identity thieves.
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  16. goodolpg

    goodolpg Just an old fart trying to help.

    There may be a few pieces of audio gear floating around "out there" with my S.S. number on them. If they've survived the last 35 or so years. That was recommended way back in the day before identity thieves, etc.
    I now use my drivers license number, placed in an inconspicuous place (like inside the piece of gear).


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  17. dondoucette

    dondoucette Too Many Projects Subscriber

    Regina, Saskatchewan Canada
    My giant schnauzer is the most loving loyal dog I've ever had, but he does NOT like strangers (when we are home or not) if someone came into the house I don't know if they would exit alive... He came apart on the mailman one time, didn't bite him, just scared the hell out of him... We are on our 4th since we got the dog, one lady postal worker put in for a transfer just because his bark scared her...

    I am not worried about my audio equipment.
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  18. GChief

    GChief Not well known, super member or other silliness Subscriber

    Eastern NC
    Buy a Cheap AVR, a game station and keep everything together and they won’t touch the old stuff.

    Edit: $50 thrift store buys
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2018
  19. OMGCat!

    OMGCat! AK Subscriber Subscriber

    El Sereno, CA
    Alarm system and insurance. I also don't advertise that I have anything valuable so there's really no reason to bother looking in here. Better off robbing a house without a homeless encampment half a block from my front door.
  20. Bill Ferris

    Bill Ferris Super Member

    NE. FL.
    And other reputable brands..

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