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Ski Lift Stolen in Czech Republic

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I'm still trying to fathom how this is possible: http://unofficialnetworks.com/ski-lift-stolen-czech-republic-96232/

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That's rather...........impressive, actually.  LOL.

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Originally Posted by mmckay View Post

I'm still trying to fathom how this is possible: http://unofficialnetworks.com/ski-lift-stolen-czech-republic-96232/

I've heard of stealing a cabin, but never a ski lift.  That is indeed impressive...and sad.

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It doesn't say CHAIRLIFT, so I'm guessing it's one of those portable rope or poma pull tows they move around on glaciers.
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The steel support structures, three posts, a pulley, and a 1.0 kilometer long cable were taken.

Sounds like a handle pull setup.  Probably had a diesel engine (sometimes an old car or truck on jacks)  in a shack to power the wheel they left behind.

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From a logistical perspective, that is impressive.

 

From a ballsiness perspective, I think an acquaintance of mine in H.S. has it beat.  He stole the light-bar off a police car parked in a restaurant parking lot!  He mounted it on the wall in his bedroom, hooked it up to a car battery, and presto...red and blue swirling lights throughout his bedroom!

 

I lost touch after H.S., but I heard he spent the next few years doing occasional stretches of jail time.  Who da thunk???

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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Sounds like a handle pull setup.  Probably had a diesel engine (sometimes an old car or truck on jacks)  in a shack to power the wheel they left behind.


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I think you're right.

 

Does anyone even know if the resort was open recently (as in since 2009?)    

 

All the more recent links lead to Tanvaldsky Špičak instead of Parlament.

 

If the resort was shut, then it's just another story of raw-materials theft like the one at Laurel Mountain.

post #9 of 13

Maybe the same guys who've been stealing the copper wire from all the light poles in Sacramento. 

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How funny is it to live in a country like that? To wake up every morning eager to see whether your car parked in the street is still there? To be afraid to leave a second pair of skis or anything  susceptibly valuable in the car?  To live in the atmosphere of the permanent theft danger?

 

Be happy to have what you have. In my next life, if I happen to be a creature able to ski, I won´t make the mistake of living here.

 

Sorry to sh*t in my own nest but I don´t have better words. Too old to change it, though, so I have to find my personal solutions. Mine is the Austrian Alps - the roots of the old empire (finished 1918) are still there ...

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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post

From a ballsiness perspective, I think an acquaintance of mine in H.S. has it beat.  He stole the light-bar off a police car parked in a restaurant parking lot!  He mounted it on the wall in his bedroom, hooked it up to a car battery, and presto...red and blue swirling lights throughout his bedroom!

 

 

 

Last year in Raleigh, NC somebody stole the cameras and electronics OUT OF THE POLICE BAIT CAR while it was parked at the police station one night.  How embarrassing that must have been to explain to the Lieutenant or Captain.  I'm actually pretty surprised they mentioned it on the news asking for tips from the public to help catch the culprits.

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Originally Posted by checkracer View Post

How funny is it to live in a country like that? To wake up every morning eager to see whether your car parked in the street is still there? To be afraid to leave a second pair of skis or anything  susceptibly valuable in the car?  To live in the atmosphere of the permanent theft danger?

I just got some statistic data few weeks ago, and when it comes to car thefts, Czech is far far down the list. Believe it or not, countries highest on the list (it was about Europe only) are everything but know for problematic ones, with Denmark leading, and with Sweden and Finland being in top 5.

Otherwise here's a bit older statistics, showing, you should worry much more for your car to be still on parking next morning in USA then in Czech ;)

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_aut_the-crime-auto-theft#definition

Otherwise most impressive theft I heard about was theft of approximately 2km of railway rails few years ago. I'm sure that steel is worth quite some money, but rails are 20 or 30m long and they weight a ton. You should have some serious machinery, not to mention helluva lot of time (at least when thinking maintenance company needs days if not weeks to change few km of rails) to do that. Maybe people in charge would actually consider hiring those thieves to do maintenance work... faster and cheaper :)

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Originally Posted by primoz View Post

I just got some statistic data few weeks ago, and when it comes to car thefts, Czech is far far down the list. Believe it or not, countries highest on the list (it was about Europe only) are everything but know for problematic ones, with Denmark leading, and with Sweden and Finland being in top 5.

Otherwise here's a bit older statistics, showing, you should worry much more for your car to be still on parking next morning in USA then in Czech ;)

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_aut_the-crime-auto-theft#definition

Otherwise most impressive theft I heard about was theft of approximately 2km of railway rails few years ago. I'm sure that steel is worth quite some money, but rails are 20 or 30m long and they weight a ton. You should have some serious machinery, not to mention helluva lot of time (at least when thinking maintenance company needs days if not weeks to change few km of rails) to do that. Maybe people in charge would actually consider hiring those thieves to do maintenance work... faster and cheaper :)

Ditto for certain areas (regions) in Italy, but also in France.

I was living in Southern France (by the sea, on the Camargue western outskirts) in the 1992-1996 years.

First advice I got was:

-When leaving home, close the shutters.

The second

-When you leave home, don't let stuff outside, not even your underpants hunged to dry...you might not find them again.

 

In the same timeframe I had two MTB stolen, I used to leave car open (not locked, and empty of anything) to avoid damages from people wanting to steal things.

One of my colleagues had his car stolen,only to have its remains found by the Gendarmerie (one of the two national french police forces) it had been compeltely cannjibalized for spare parts (it was a VW Golf)

Another neighborough had his car(s) routinely broken into and the car(s) HIFI stolen

 

Back home and FF some 20 years, just this past December unknown broke into my GF box ( or garage, or whatever you call your home car sheltered place) and stole her MTB, completely ignoring our skis and inlineskates (whew!) and my MTB (a junky old Scott model, so old that not even thieves would consider it, in fact it was the one I bought after they stole my Specialized in France inm 1994! Hers on the contrary, was a brand new Cube LTD, much more appetible for the "second hand market", God may strike them with all his might)

Stole skis and skiing stuff? Usually on the Slopes? By the dozens.

So, each country has its own assortment of "bad apples" (even though, nowadays, with the borders so open withing the Union...one is not sure from where the bands are originating).

Or, as a colleague of mine used to say "each thing has its thief"...

 

 

Edited because I forgot to comment about the "steel"...some 4-5 years ago, at the seaside village I spend my summer vacations, all stainless steel steps installed by the town to ease the

entrance into the se (there were rock barriers between the beach and the "open seas" to limit the winter fury and erosion of the sands - which is not natural but imported, beaches in that region are all made of peebles- by the sea) got stolen...Stainelss steel was worth to the point that even "simple" steps were inviting...

Don't let me started about copper..or cooling oil at the power plants (oil used to cool the high voltage/power electircity transformes installed at the conversion/distribution power plants, cooper used on the railways aerial power lines...)


Edited by Nobody - 5/14/12 at 9:46am
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