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Truckee Police: Protect yourself against snowblower theft

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — With the change of seasons and welcoming of snowfall, the Truckee Police Department is reminded residents of some protective measures.

In years past, snowblowers have been identified as prime targets of theft due to abundant amounts, high dollar value, and storage habits, officers said.

The TPD asks residents to save documentation for make, model, color, etc., and to record serial numbers of snowblowers.

"In police reports, this information is critical in identifying individually owned machinery," officers said. "In many cases, snowblowers are found, but officers cannot determine if it is stolen due to lack of a reported serial number in our national database system."

Snowblowers should be labeled with a mark that residents can report as theirs. Methods include engraving, etching and stamping, according to police, while using permanent marker, adhesives or glues is not advised.

Residents should secure equipment indoors whenever possible.

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"Many home-owners prefer to leave snowblowers on porches, decks, landings and driveways for easy access, but this could be inviting theft," officers said. "If a snowblower is outside, the TPD suggests it be placed in an area not visible to street traffic, covered up and secured to a permanent structure. Use of cable or chain is best; most other materials can be easily severed."