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    well bmead brought this old thread back up so I thought I would give an update. sales stayed strong to the end of the last fall. in all the stolen products totaled about 10% of sales. even with three cameras one hidden, two in plain sight, and a sign saying (cameras in use). they keep on stealing. which got me thinking. if Walmart has 400 cameras in/out on-site and people steal from them every day. might not spend so much on security next year? 24 aa's every two weeks adds up!

    bmead it would be nice to talk to some customers thou.
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    What cameras are you using that eat up batteries every 2 weeks?
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    it's not so much the cameras as the number of pictures they take being so close to the road. trying to get plate numbers and faces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amasonry View Post
    the stolen products totaled about 10% of sales. even with three cameras one hidden, two in plain sight, and a sign saying (cameras in use). they keep on stealing.
    Wow that sucks! With all those cameras you must have some idea who is stealing it? Tourists I imagine? Not locals?

    I'm a climber and I hate to think the climbing community could be so $****y.

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    2016: Homemade arch from old woodburning stove. 2 steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 gall syrup
    2017: Same homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.
    2018: Same setup. Limited time. 12 taps and short season. 2.2 gallons syrup.
    2019: Still very limited time. Downsized to 7 taps and a short season. 1.8 gallons syrup
    2020: 9 taps, new Mason 2x3 XL halfway through season, 2 gallons syrup
    2021: 17 taps on Mason 2x3 XL

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    we have a lot of climbers around, but I don't think so.

    oh, I got pictures. of people with brand new cars and gold chains, tourists, locals old and young. even had a lady Halloween night during trick or treat help her self. you would be amazed. had one guy walk up and cover one camera with one hand , steal with the other and drive off. the sign says (cameras in use) cameras plural. I guess thieves don't read that much? Anyway, I still made more than wholesale.
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    2019 223 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 36 gal
    2020 226 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 250 waterloo ro 63 gal

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    Quote Originally Posted by amasonry View Post
    we have a lot of climbers around, but I don't think so.

    oh, I got pictures. of people with brand new cars and gold chains, tourists, locals old and young. even had a lady Halloween night during trick or treat help her self. you would be amazed. had one guy walk up and cover one camera with one hand , steal with the other and drive off. the sign says (cameras in use) cameras plural. I guess thieves don't read that much? Anyway, I still made more than wholesale.
    Stealing will be legal in another 5 years.

    I guarantee it.
    If you think it's easy to make good money in maple syrup .... then your obviously good at stealing somebody's Maple Syrup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amasonry View Post
    we have a lot of climbers around, but I don't think so.

    oh, I got pictures. of people with brand new cars and gold chains, tourists, locals old and young. even had a lady Halloween night during trick or treat help her self. you would be amazed. had one guy walk up and cover one camera with one hand , steal with the other and drive off. the sign says (cameras in use) cameras plural. I guess thieves don't read that much? Anyway, I still made more than wholesale.
    I'm glad to hear it's not the climbers, but that is amazing and depressing anyway, that so many people feel okay about brazenly breaking a common sense of trust and decency. Even on camera.

    Do you forward the videos to the police? Or is there any other repercussions for the perps?

    GO
    2016: Homemade arch from old woodburning stove. 2 steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 gall syrup
    2017: Same homemade evaporator, but souped up. Still 2 steam tray pans. 15 taps on buckets. 4.5 galls syrup.
    2018: Same setup. Limited time. 12 taps and short season. 2.2 gallons syrup.
    2019: Still very limited time. Downsized to 7 taps and a short season. 1.8 gallons syrup
    2020: 9 taps, new Mason 2x3 XL halfway through season, 2 gallons syrup
    2021: 17 taps on Mason 2x3 XL

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    no , no cops. 10-15 dollars once a week. probably not worth their time and a lot of pictures are not good enough anyway. my prices might go up a little next year to cover the loss.
    2017 140 taps 30x8 12x16 shack 28.5 gal
    2018 158 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 44 gal
    2019 223 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 36 gal
    2020 226 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 250 waterloo ro 63 gal

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    Is it f
    Out of sight of your house. I have one in my driveway I usually only keep a gallon of court and a half gallon just in case. So far nothing major although it seems like every now and then probably wants a year a jug comes up missing with no money. How did figured out if somebody's being a funny guy the money got blown away or something. Seems like if it was a thief they would take all 3 containers not just one. Anyways hopefully they dont find the game camera and you get a quality photo. Of course what goodwill it do anyway with a failed judicial system it's easier for a thief to steal than it is for you to stop them legally, crazy!!

    Really makes one wonder what is wrong with people, every and any .50 they can get is wonderful to them. Must really feel like a POS if they ever stop to think.
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    I put out 1/2 gallons twice and both times they were stolen. the stand is 1000ft down the drive can't see it and no wi-fi. now I put out two pints and two quarts, both one light, one dark. only once did the thief take it all. I made a locked drop box . so no funny business. most of the time they think they are being slick by slipping a couple of dallars in and taking more than they pay for!
    2017 140 taps 30x8 12x16 shack 28.5 gal
    2018 158 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 44 gal
    2019 223 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 36 gal
    2020 226 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 250 waterloo ro 63 gal

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