Officials warn East Texans of lawn equipment thefts

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 4:43pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 5:50pm

It's the time of year again, when the grass grows knee high, meaning, your day off is spent cranking up the lawn mower, and using the weed trimmer. It also means, it's time for lawn equipment thefts. The Smith County Sheriff's Department is warning East Texans about this, and said, "anytime you leave anything outside unsecured, that's just an invitation for a thief to come and take it," said John Moore, Public Information Officer.

A lot of people finish with their mowers, finish with the weed-eater, and the edger and the trimmer, and think... I'll just leave it here and pick it up in the morning, well, you may not pick it up in the morning, someone may pick it up before then. "I've seen it happen numerous times, you know, people notified us, that they had their equipment stolen," said Lazaro Rodriguez, salesman at Rose Country Tractor and Equipment. Rodriguez has been selling lawn equipment for a while now, and said people come in looking to replace stolen lawn equipment. He also said, "It's a tough deal, thieves, they're going to get it, I mean unless you have it, like i say, locked up or anything like that."

"Remember thieves do this for a living, they steal, so if they're going to take something, you want to make that as difficult for them as possible," said Moore. The Smith County Sheriff's Department said to protect equipment you should:

  • Never leave lawn equipment unattended
  • Put away all items in a shed or garage with a sturdy lock
  • Inventory all items, so if it's ever stolen, it will be easier to track down

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