[Tweeters] Lost and Found

annmariewood at comcast.net annmariewood at comcast.net
Fri Oct 10 10:22:39 PDT 2008

Dear Tweeters:
GREAT NEWS…my scope, bins, camera and BirdPod have been located and returned. Apparently someone living nearby “found” them and, after a lengthy period of reflection, decided to return them.
Thanks for your support and suggestions. Since birders are frequent, and sometimes repeated, targets for thieves, I’ll pass on some helpful advice I received. Hopefully you won’t need it.
Precautionary Measures:
1. Create a list of your optics with serial numbers, dates of purchase, and price.
2. Photograph all of your equipment; note serial numbers on reverse of photo.
3. Check your Homeowners or Renters and Car Insurance to determine if/when your optics are covered and the limits of coverage. Some items can be “scheduled” to increase the limits and, for a small additional fee, the deductible can be reduced.
4. Maintain a low profile. Keep bird guides, Audubon stickers and other clues out of sight.
5. Attach name and contact info to tote bags, covers, cases, etc.
6. Car alarms and locks won’t stop the determined criminal.
· Thieves have discovered how to access cars that use remote entry by using a universal access device….delaying discovery of the theft. And, with no apparent break-in insurance may not reimburse for losses.
· Broken windows may not trigger your car alarm; check with your dealer.
· Consider investing in a trunk safe for your scope.
Some suggestions if Optics stolen:
· Call 911 as soon as a theft or burglary is discovered. The police report will include a description of items taken, with serial numbers. Pawn shops are required to submit serial numbers to the police so that they can be checked for stolen merchandise.
· Monitor Craig’s List and Ebay - alert police if something of yours turns up.
· Check local pawn shops - alert police if something of yours turns up.
· Ask Apartment Manager to post notice of a reward for the return of “lost” items.
· Spread the word and pray. Apparently, miracles do happen!

Thanks Again,
Ann Marie Wood
Mountlake Terrace, WA
annmariewood at comcast.net

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