A story dated 29 June 2019 gives the background of how “under a cloudy moon on Valentine’s Day” a few robbers snuck onto the property owned by the Gravesend Model Marien & Engineering Society, cut through fences and cut the padlock off the doors of storage containers that kept members locomotives. The thieves used wheelbarrows to take items to a van parked off the property and returned three times during the night.
This is a sad commentary of the world in which we live. It is very concerning for Live Steam clubs with no live in grounds keeper. With modern technology, it’s important to install alarms and security cameras. Locomotive owners should also inscribe a serial number that is hidden from site to identify it to authorities who may come upon the locomotive. It is also important to know who is joining and visiting our clubs so that people with bad intentions are not just scoping us out.
I have known guys that had locomotives taken from their homes. They are not easy items to hide, but small locomotives may never be sold and left on display on someones mantle.
You can read the whole article here.