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Old 11-23-2012, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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Or, we live on a farm, and never lock our doors, equipment sits out by the road, and is never vandalized. My tractor has been on a worksite now for three weeks, with the key in the ignition.

Tis true that metal, especially copper and bronze is valuable enough to steal. That could end tomorrow with "big government" intervention, requiring metal dealers to be licensed and to have certificates of provenance. Something that Victor would undoubtedly oppose.
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You've either been lucky or demographics in San Luis Obispo County (70% white, much weathier than the San Joaquin Valley) are on your side. Your anecdotal first paragraph vs. the disclaimer in the second show you know its an issue, you just have to take a jab at the O.P. for whatever reason. Here's an anecdote for you - my aunt and uncle were cotton farmers in Dos Palos (Merced County). They've were hit repeatedly by theft and vandalism on their farm and all of it has been within the past fifteen years. It only stopped recently because they sold their farm and retired (no children to pass it to). Prior to the mid to late 90s they could leave their place for weeks during the winter to vacation and nothing was touched. It got to the point recently they were afraid for both of them to be gone at the same time on a couple hour shopping trip to Merced or Fresno. The Central Valley has changed rather dramatically in the last two decades.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:55 PM
 
Location: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
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A, I have only been back to San Luis Obispo County for 5 years.
in 40 years I have not locked a house door.

45 years ago our company began suffering losses, tractor batteries and hydraulic rams,,, great for low riders. Dad had a 6 foot fence put up, and stopped the problem.

Here, 45 years later, theft is not a big deal, even though, we are a short drive from Santa Maria.
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