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Vandalism rears its ugly head again.

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During today's chili fly I noticed a couple of things that indicate we have some unauthorized use on our flying site. I saw what appears to be motorcycle tracks at the northern end of the main runway. In addition, someone has attempted to break into the large storage cabinet. Given the large increase in vehicle use in the area around our flying site property, it isn't very surprising that we'd have someone try it again. Please keep an eye on things when you are out there, and if possible, vary the time of day/week you use the site. 

Thermals---I need thermals!
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Nice neighbors huh?
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Yeah, I noticed a ton of tire tracks all over the place going out into the desert in every direction. Seems like there has been a lot of activity out there lately.
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Perhaps, we need some more motivation to keep them away. :ninja2:

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Maybe, we need one of these surveillance systems?

https://www.lightinthebox.com/Popular/12V_Surveillance_Camera.html

 

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Well, given the damage and stolen property issues in the past, a couple hundred dollars or more for a good camera system doesn't seem like a bad investment anymore.

We have a very reliable 12 volt power system out there to use, and hopefully we can send the data to the cloud so we don't need to worry about having data storage equipment onsite.  But, if we need to hide data storage, I'm sure we can get creative about it.

Also, I think that I'm going to start flying late in the day, and not always on the weekend. Unpredictable. I"m retired so there isn't any reason I can't do that. I still think that most of the time when we have these problems the folks involved are well aware of our site use patterns.  Any of you other folks who are able to be unpredictable, you might want to try it ( I'm talking about your days and time of day you fly at the field). not when you have your morning movement.  

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Good idea, I'll chip in to buy a system. I'm afraid when this sub-species gets comfortable visiting our field the damage will get worse and worse. Like huge ruts down the middle of the airstrip and shooting up the cabinets etc. The GJ club just installed cameras to combat the problem.
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Well, since we haven't heard anything from upper management, maybe we should think about a gently used one of these. It's portable and has it's own generator.

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That'll work. It would make short work of prairie dogs and sheep too!

Should we look into beefing up our security system?  I'm afraid it's unavoidable these days. 
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We should probably think about it.

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Given our location, WIFI may not be a workable solution. Although it is possible to have real-time surveillance cameras out there, it may be more pricey. We may be stuck with on-site data storage. Still, if someone cleans out the big cabinet, the dollar value associated with damage to the cabinet, and loss of property will exceed the cost of the camera system. Can we continue to afford that kind of loss with essentially no hope of catching the people responsible?  We need to up our game.

Thermals---I need thermals!
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Report from Ed yesterday; no evidence of new vandal activity.

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Surveillance system ordered!
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Cool, did you get a good deal on the phalanx system? :lol:

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Which system did you order, Andrew?

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