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If you had a gun or a bow stolen, what steps could you take to get it back after the police report is filed?
Hope that didn't happen to you, but i'd notify all the sporting-goods retailers in the area in case the scumbag tries to trade it in.
I have all of my guns listed in detail, to include serial #, make, model, and caliber, scope, and scope serial #, with a brief description of each, and a series of left and right profiles of each. Sadly, when my son's guns were stolen, none of this has helped.
A local gun shop was broken into several years ago - serial numbers and descriptions were reported to the police for each gun stolen. Some were special guns. None have been recovered. Still best to have descriptions and serial numbers, just in case. Also take good digital photos and store them away from home, with copies of receipts, if possible. Insurance companies want proof that you actually possessed the items. Also make sure firearms are covered in policies (additional insurance is cheap, cheap, cheap).
I may be the dullest knife in the drawer,But when it comes to my firearms.Crm3006 hits the nail square on the head!!And if the scumbag was ever caught and you could put a face with the lost property,Well sirs theres more than one way to skin a cat...Just my opinion.
Yep. My workshop got hit on Monday night while the whole family was home. All the good stuff was in the safe bolted to the floor but I had a turkey shoot the day before and left one good gun leaning against the wall that was stolen. They also stole 4 bows and various other items. One bow just had new strings and cables put on a few days before.
It looks like I need more coverage.
I've been on Ebay and Craigs List every night hoping a peice of something that was stolen pops up. I plan on seeing if the Sheriff would allow me to review the pawnshop list. Just wondering if anyone else had any ideas.
buckhunter, Sorry to hear. Like you, i'd be watching ebay, craigslist and the classifieds. I'd also visit pawnshops and perhaps give them a list of what to lookout for though i don't know if it'd do any good. Hope you are the exception and you end up getting your stuff back.
I take photos of all my property, guns, generators, tractors, 4 wheelers, boats, canoes. I list the serial numbers on the photos and keep copies of these in my safe, safety deposite box, my safe, my glovebox and online. If something happens I have these list where I can get to them at any time.
I have all of my guns and bows entered into a database on a flash drive that never leaves my car keys, and I have it backed up on my computer and email. The database includes make, model, seriel number, and a brief description.
As far as trail cams goes, there's stuff out there that is like "lojack" for cameras, but it's expensive. The best method of ensuring the safety of your items is prevention. Buy a gun safe and use it and don't put cameras and treestands in areas where they are likely to get stolen.
Good luck...I hope you get your stuff back!
MAN sorry for your luck!Id for sure check the local pawn shops.
find out who the local drug dealer is and you've probably found the present owner of your guns..put word out that a reward is being offered for info and the return of the items.those scumbags will do anything for a buck.
Contact local bow shops they could be a big help.
Document everything for your insurance agent because what you get from them is about all that you can expect to get. Being a retired Conservation Officer and gun nut I looked at thousands and thousands of firearms and kept lists of stolen firearms in my patrol vehicle and in over 35 years I never did run into a stolen firearn that was on my lists. The odds are not good for recovery. The firearms transactions that do take place are between two people who do not care about background checks or crimnal records because they are on the records.
I had 5 stolen Feb 2001, Win M-12, Sears(?) 22 Single Shot, Springfield M22, Savage 110 and Rem 700 with Shilen 222 Rem and Unertl 20X. There were 19 long guns in my shop, all damaged from the fire and were coated with oils as I was in process of cleaning them but moved all the rest of them into a neighbor gunsmith's shop for when I got back home in September. I filed a police report and they called me twice since then but none recovered. I was rebuilding my house from a fire and roofing sub-contractors were likely the culprits.
If you have home owners insurance, and these weapons were listed by Type, Make, Model, Serial Number, you stand a good chance of getting these covered under your policy. You have to make sure you spend the time on the phone and individually add each firearm to your policy. It took me about 2 hours to go through all of the information that they wanted on my rifles, shotguns, pistol and optics to include binos. Otherwise (like with what just happened to my brother) you'll have to rely on the police. He lost about 5 different types of firearms, out of the 13 or so that were originally stolen.
Bottom line, always store weapons in a safe, and don't brag or boast about your weapons collection. My brother's stuff was stolen after a neighbor observed him cleaning his safe contents and the weapons were outside of it. Cops busted the cousin of his neighbor about a day later and recovered most of the weapons but not all.
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