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PSA - Record you firearm serial numbers
« on: February 14, 2017, 06:14:42 AM »
On June 23rd of last year a few days after my brother passed away from a heart attack in his home office I shared my experience and frustrations on this forum and just wanted to provide an update.
After months of trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together I reached a conclusion that I would never know what happened between the alleged time his body was found, four days later, and when the police arrived. I was 99% certain that prior to the arrival of the police one pistol, a Taurus 1911 in .38 super, about $4500 in cash and at least that much in gold and silver coins and bullion were taken from his safe and a Bersa CC .380 was missing from his bedside table where he always kept it.
The investigators did as good a job as could be expected under the circumstances but they also had to consider that these items were gone sold whatever prior to his death. At the time I couldn't prove or disprove that line of thought. The safe was open when the police arrived. But my doubt still lingered. For one, like me, he would never leave the house unarmed, the Bersa was his EDC, and I'm certain he would have never sold the Taurus. He had no credit cards and always kept 4-5 k in cash in his safe for what he referred to as "walking around money." He loved electronic gadgets and would easily drop serious money on something he wanted. I know all this because I knew him better than anyone else, knew how he lived and was at his place numerous times. Luckily when we were going through his condo we found the original firearm boxes and were able to provide the police with the serial numbers.
Yesterday I get a call, at work, from a small town police department in Mississippi. The Taurus was found on some degenerate during a traffic stop. They said it was in pretty rough shape but the decision on what to do with it now belongs to his son not me. There is a little more to this I won't get into right now but my point here is record your firearm serial numbers and let your next if kin know where they are. When I get a new firearm I record the number and description, take a photo, and send it in an email to myself, my wife and my son. End of story thanks for listening and letting me vent again.
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Re: PSA - Record you firearm serial numbers
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2017, 07:01:27 AM »
I read your original post, and am still sad for your loss and the circumstances. 

Definitely good advice about recording serial numbers for spouses or next of kin or just in case of theft.  Photos are helpful, especially if dealing with insurance.  Adjusters like photos and serial numbers. 👍

I keep a spreadsheet and in addition, to serial numbers, I list the date of manufacture, serial numbers on scopes, and approximate value of the weapon in case my wife decides to sell any after I go.   

ETA: not that I don't trust my friends to give my wife solid advice with regards to selling them....
Oh, that Ruger .44 Carbine?
Well, it's kind of old, and not a very popular caliber......   I could maybe give you $100.00
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2017, 07:29:00 AM »
^^^Thanks, that's great advice. Like many of us here I've got a lot of $ invested. I'll get on that today. :th_thicon_idea:
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2017, 08:46:46 AM »
Not that any of MY "friends" would do anything like that.    :th_thicon_lol:
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2017, 11:56:07 AM »
i have all my "valuables" recorded in 2 different notebooks
in 2 different places. serial numbers, descriptions with
minute details of flaws or dents,etc. any optic serial number
and description.
i also have 2 usb sticks with photos and descriptions and
serial numbers, although i need to add some things to these.
keep this stuff in 2 different residences in case of fire, flood,
etc.
i'm also more discreet these days and try to keep folks from
seeing me with my valuables. it may not be the friend or who
you show something to, but the friend of a friend may speak of
the neat thing his friend was shown and the right ear may hear
of something that they want to steal.
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Re: PSA - Record you firearm serial numbers
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2017, 12:45:17 PM »
I'm with Ranger99 on OPSEC.

For years with the way the neighborhood is around here, we've had a log of EVERYTHING that could be stolen in addition to guns.

I'm super sorry that this happened to you. I hope they really nail the hood that got caught with the gun, whether he was the original perp or not.

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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2017, 08:01:43 PM »
thieves should be buried just like murderers.
there's no excuse for thievery. some say "oh,
if i were hungry i'd steal without a second thought".
well, if someone is truly hungry there are thousands
of free kitchens and shelters available in every city
in the united states. most have the rule of no smoking
or drinking, but i believe that if you can't hold off of
either one long enough to eat a bite, you weren't
that hungry at all.
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2017, 10:12:26 PM »
Sorry for the loss.

On the other hand...

thieves should be buried just like murderers.

Having seen their public justice system in action, I like the way the Saudi's handle thieves:  Wack the right hand, the social stigma is pretty strong.
Steal again, lose the left hand.  Now you really have screwed yourself, all at very low cost to the government or society.  Not many repeat offenders.
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2017, 04:23:50 AM »
Sorry for the loss.

On the other hand...

thieves should be buried just like murderers.

Having seen their public justice system in action, I like the way the Saudi's handle thieves:  Wack the right hand, the social stigma is pretty strong.
Steal again, lose the left hand.  Now you really have screwed yourself, all at very low cost to the government or society.  Not many repeat offenders.
When I went to Singapore years ago, long before the internet, I didn't know what to expect. I thought it would be like some other 3rd world crap holes I had visited with open sewers and having to hold on to your wallet. Was I surprised. Although my 3 day "tour" was pretty well regulated by the locals we were with what I saw was amazing. I'm talking super clean and I soon found out why.
The police had zero tolerance for any bull s***. Littering, depending on the severity, was an on the spot fine. Don't have the money? Off you go for a couple lashes with a bamboo cane. No chewing gum sold in that city. If found with gum the penalties were just as harsh. Everybody smoked cigarettes there but you never saw a butt in the street. Steal something, and I mean almost anything of value, several lashes with the cane then a stint in their fine take it in the ax facility on some prison island. Drug possession or trafficking equals death penalty. Public Intoxication? After the cops get finished with their on the spot fine you may or may not be taken to a hospital. 
This was in 1990. And I see they are still pretty strict. Now police can order an on the spot drug screen for anyone. If you have dirty urine your screwed.  http://adventurousmiriam.com/10-weird-laws-singapore-get-trouble/   and this  https://www.goabroad.com/articles/study-abroad/singapore-laws-to-know-before-you-go

 
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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2017, 08:08:07 AM »
^^^^
I did a lot of business in Singapore.  One of the few nations to virtually eliminate serious drug problems.  They did it by offering jobs alternatives, ramping up penalties then enforcing those laws.  25 grams of drugs and you hang.
While there a Brit was caught with 50 grams.  Convicted and sentenced to death the Queen of England interceded. 
They have so much respect for the Queen and British, they gave in.  They delayed his execution ...





... 1 day. 
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Re: PSA - Record you firearm serial numbers
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2017, 10:30:04 AM »
I keep my serial numbers, price paid, and date purchased all written down. It is saved at multiple places.