Aug 15, 2010 5:52 PM by Courtney Meznarich
A recent string of thefts has the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department warning residents.
Deputies say several landscapes businesses have been targeted over the last six months, like the theft and subsequent arrest last week in Northern San Luis Obispo County.
The Sheriff's Department says people with landscape and construction equipment should lock their items away, and be sure the lock is heavy enough to do the job.
"We find a lot of times that people are using a $5 lock, when you really need at least a $50 or $75 lock to do the job," said Rob Bryn, a spokesman for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department. "Case-hardened steel, freeze proof, that type of thing, so it makes it much more difficult for criminals to take their property out of their haulers.."
Equipment owners should also make a note of model numbers and serial numbers, so in the event of a theft the incident can be recorded into a national database.
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