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ATTN: EVERYONE.

 

Today sucks for us. Our brand new 6x14' Franklin trailer, as well as every single piece of equipment we own, was stolen overnight outside of Eric's house in Wayne, PA. The lock was cut, the wiring was cut, and the trailer was simply taken off of the back of our van, which is still fine and sitting on the side of the road. The total value of the gear in the trailer is probably going to be somewhere in the vicinity of $25,000. 

 

We are going to put a list out of as much of the equipment as we possibly can, as well as the information for the trailer. If any of our musician / audio engineer friends could keep an eye out, please just check on Craigslist, eBay, and any local music stores for the items. It's going to be a long list, and we'll try to make it as detailed as possible.

 

We just want everybody to know that we are okay, and that the only thing we care about right now is getting enough stuff to get back on the stage and play for you guys. This has been our best summer ever as a band, and we're going to do everything in our power to not let this heinous act ruin the remaining few weeks of our first true summer on the scene.

 

For those of us that have texted, called, and expressed their condolences today, we want to say thank you. $25,000 is going to be hard to come by, but this is not going to keep us down. We will be back on the stage soon, we promise. Maybe even as early as tomorrow.

 

When we put the list of equipment out, the best thing you all could do is share the list of it and maybe one or more of the things will pop up, and lead to more of the things.

 

Insurance isn't covering any of our stuff, and we're unable to play the Ocean Drive tonight, but again, if the cowards that took our stuff think that they were going to keep us from pursuing this dream, they can firmly kiss our collective ass.

 

We love you guys. Thanks as always for your support.

 

Love,

Total Whiteout

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Everytime this happens it's heartbreaking. However, when are bands going to learn? Theives are on the look out for you!! You can not leave your trailer or gear unattended. You just CAN'T do it. Pay someone to guard it. Make your roadies do it, take guard shifts, back it against a wall with the van in front, leave 2 German Shepards tied up near it..Do whatever you have to do. Trailers ARE A HUGE TARGET. 

So sorry for y our loss Whiteout. OPSEC is the key and needs to be approached almost like a Millitary operation from now on. Why don't you guys have insurance? BMI, Musicians Union and others offer insurance for touring musicians for their gear.

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I'm pretty sure it was parked in front of one of the band members' house. He probably thought that was a pretty safe place. We all like to think our homes are safe.

Hell, our bass player had two basses stolen a few weeks ago - they were in his car, parked in his driveway. He's in a pretty rural area, too. 

I should probably look into getting some insurance for our gear. Thanks for mentioning it!

 

 

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There are GPS units for trailers - there's one by EasyTrac that has a 200 day battery life - has an industrial magnet and is in a black, waterproof case that you just stick on the top or underside of the trailer. You setup a geo-fence wherever you parked, and if it's stolen you and everyone else on your list (all of the band members) are notified and then can see the exact location and watch where it is going in real time on a Google map. Same thing with battery life - if the battery is low, you and everyone else gets notified. They're relatively cheap, and the data rates are super cheap. These things are super small - about the size of a stack of dollar bills. The GPS unit itself is even smaller, small stack of business cards, so you could put one in an instrument case. If you're looking, make sure the company has wide satellite coverage just like your cell phone needs wide coverage, and check the data rates just like phone contract. (I just ordered one - should arrive this week)

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How is this not covered by insurance? Did they not have separate insurance on their gear? It not... they are idiots.

 

Just like with hard drive back-ups, no one wants to pay the extra money for backups (insurance) until they get burned once. Why this is, I don't really know.

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A trailer with $25k in it. A trailer hitch lock would easily be worth the $100 to make sure they need a welding torch to separate it from the van. It'll make them take more time to unload the trailer and may only get half the stuff but that's half the stuff plus a trailer you get to keep for $100. An extra secure trailer door lock under $200. Looks like a wheel lock (like the cops use) is about $150. A couple extra minutes of work, but that's the cost to avoid insurance woes. Cops look for stolen cars, but stolen trailers, probably not so much beyond an hour.

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