I've had two pair of skies stolen over the years. With the first pair, I, like a fool, left them near the exit. Quick escape for any thief. I got lucky with the second pair. I was at my home mountain and very casual about leaving my skies on the rack during breaks. The thieves were a couple of local high school kids. They each had grabbed a couple of pairs of skies and went running through the parking lot to their car. A very observant mountain employee thought the boys looked suspicious and took down their licence plate number and gave it to the State Police! 24 hours after I reported the theft to the State Police, I got a call back. They had both boys, the stolen goods AND their parents at the police station.
They asked if I would I like to come down to the station, identify my equipment and press charges.
I confronted the boys and parents, told them what I thought, but didn't press charges. I was just relieved to get my babies (skies) back! I felt that hopefully they'd learned something from their mistakes. Besides, both sets of parents looked like they were going to dispense appropriate LASTING PUNISHMENT! [img]smile.gif[/img]
Needless to say, now I always carry a lock in my jacket pocket and ALWAYS LOCK UP MY SKIES. Even if I'm running into the lodge for only a few minutes. Lessons learned.
Whenever I buy new skies, I always make a point of taking down the Serial#, that's located on the sidewall of the skies, and keep it in a safe place along with my receipt.(the serial# on some brands may be located elsewhere?) That way if your skies are every stolen and recovered, you can prove that their yours. Also if their lost for good, you have proof of purchase and price for the insurance co.
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 17, 2001 09:47 AM: Message edited 1 time, by HarryO ]</font>