How To Prevent Portable Generator Theft


Hi folks, it’s Mike with GetMyTips.com, The place you will find some great tips from the kitchen to the garage. And if you are someone with a curious mind who likes to learn new skills so that you can be more handy around the house,
I invite you to subscribe. Now on this video we’re going to show you how
to lock down your generator to help prevent generator theft. And notice I
said, help prevent generator theft. Because the fact is there is no way that
you can lock down a portable generator so a thief doesn’t take it, if he is
determined to take it. But on this video, we’re gonna show you how to lock it down
and we’re also going to show you a couple of techniques that you might not
have thought of. We’re going to show you how to find the generator, if in fact a
thief takes it. And we’re also going to show you how to identify the generator when
you find it so that you can demonstrate to law enforcement and say, hey, hey, hey,
hey, this is my generator and I can prove it. Real quick folks before we begin the
video on how to prevent generator theft, I wanted to let you know that we decided
to extend this series on portable generators. We are going to include a
video on how to make an inexpensive generator cover. Our generator cover is
completely portable and can easily be stored. When that video is complete, we
will include it at the end of this video. If you don’t see it at the end of this
video, check the video description. Okay let’s start with the lock and the cable.
As I indicated in the opening, if a thief is determined to steal your generator,
it’s going to be awful hard to stop him. But what you want to do is make it as
difficult as possible by using a high quality lock, with a cable that is very
very difficult to cut. We got this heavy-duty lock and 1/2 inch plastic
coated cable that helps prevent corrosion from Amazon. And we’ll put an affiliate
link in the video description in case you want to get one. This lock has enough
room to allow you to loop the cable through the generator or around a tree
and bring both ends into the lock, so that they can be secured. Okay, let’s talk
about outdoor lighting for a second. Outdoor lighting is very important to
prevent generator theft. Ad we wanted our outdoor lights to be independent of
the generator. Meaning we wanted the light to still be on if the
thief unplugged the generator. So we went with this solar-powered light that is
permanently mounted to the side of the house. It is difficult to show in the
video just how bright this light is, but it is surprisingly bright and cast light
all the way across the yard. According to the manufacturer, it has 68 LEDs in there.
It comes with a remote control that allows you to switch between dusk till
dawn lighting, and motion sensor lighting. We picked this one up from Amazon, and
we’ll put an affiliate link in the video description for you. Okay you know how you turn your bicycle
upside down and write your name under the seat so you can identify it? Well you
want to do the same with this generator. And you want to make sure that you use
an etcher like this, to permanently put your name in an inconspicuous spot. Also you want to take a photograph of the name and the serial number of your
generator. We also wanted to put an alarm on the
generator in the event it ran out of fuel, or if some thief unplug the cord.
And as it turns out, this power outlet alarm does the trick. The manufacturer
says that the alarm is equivalent to an alarm clock alarm. The great thing about
this particular alarm is that when the power goes off, it automatically switches
to flashlight mode. We get this one from Amazon for under 15 bucks. Okay so what if, even though you have
lights, alarm, and a nice heavy cable, someone does steal your generator. Well
you can find it using a GPS tracking system like this. This GPS tracking
system has a very powerful magnet allowing you to hide it up inside the
generator somewhere. And this way if a thief takes it you’ll be able to locate
it because the system will send you a text message with its exact GPS
coordinates. Then you can call law enforcement to help retrieve your
generator. And you’ll be able to demonstrate to them that this in fact is
your generator, because your name is permanently etched underneath. Well there
you go folks, now you know how to protect your generator from thieves. Now if you
learn something here today, I invite you to subscribe so that when we post a new
video you will be notified. Thanks for watching ♥

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