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My neighbor who lives behind me had his van stolen saturday morning. So he asked me to check my cameras. Here is what i found. Now there is a truck that slowly passes in front of his house. Then the truck appears in front of my house and then turns back towards his house. Do you think this truck has anything to do with the Van being stolen? I went over to take him the video on a flash drive, and there was a truck backing out of the house across the street from his house. I told him that really looks like the truck that is in this video. I will ask him tomorrow if they found any thing out. It's usually some one you know whenever there is crime around your home. SMH
 

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Well he sure was stopped at those stop signs a long time. It looked like he waited for the stolen van to get going and then took his right turn. Very suspicious.
 

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Looks like you need a dedicated LPR camera. Pity the one camera you had that got a good view of the truck behind had a broken stream as the truck drove by, although it's doubtful in the conditions given the zoom and resolution whether the License Plate would have been retreivable. From what I saw the truck had no front plate and the guy driving was white, at least 6 foot. Other than that, the wheels on the truck (2 mins 18 secs) look non standard and possibly there's plastic side trim missing from the drivers side behind the crew cabin in the front of the loading area. The wheels and mising trim (if it is missing - not familiar with US car models), are probably the most distinguishing features to tell it apart from your neighbours truck / for the police to spot it again.
 
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Looks like you need a dedicated LPR camera. Pity the one camera you had that got a good view of the truck behind had a broken stream as the truck drove by, although it's doubtful in the conditions given the zoom and resolution whether the License Plate would have been retreivable. From what I saw the truck had no front plate and the guy driving was white, at least 6 foot. Other than that, the wheels on the truck (2 mins 18 secs) look non standard and possibly there's plastic side trim missing from the drivers side behind the crew cabin in the front of the loading area. The wheels and mising trim (if it is missing - not familiar with US car models), are probably the most distinguishing features to tell it apart from your neighbours truck / for the police to spot it again.
Good observation! i had come to the same conclusion.
 

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Living on a corner brings much action, your right.
I live on the corner of a 4 way intersection. For that reason I have 4 dedicated LPR cameras. I can get the front and rear of a vehicle. In one instance I could only barely get the front license plate of a vehicle that stole a neighbors catalytic converter and that was going frame by frame as the letters and numbers would fade in and out. So keep that in mind.
 
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I live on the corner of a 4 way intersection. For that reason I have 4 dedicated LPR cameras. I can get the front and rear of a vehicle. In one instance I could only barely get the front license plate of a vehicle that stole a neighbors catalytic converter and that was going frame by frame as the letters and numbers would fade in and out. So keep that in mind.
Yeah i am aware of that, i am at a 4 way corner and the LPR i use now does a great job, except for that left turn, so i will add a dedicated LPR to assist it in the near future, and the two will serve my purpose. I dedicate my PTZ SD49225T-HN for LPR duty and it is great. I can use the PTZ features during the day if i so choose but at night it has to stay put in the LPR duty view, or else it will not be able to refocus for LPR.
 

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Yes they where i have no doubt. My neighbor said it was a small back hoe loader tractor. About 12,000.
my guess is that the tractor will just likely get used somewhere else. Since they dont have license plates and can only be traced by using the serial numbers (which arent overly obvious to begin with), its highly unlikely it will ever be recovered. We had a trailer stolen from a business I had 15yrs back (just the empty trailer) and I was surprised to find out how those are handled. Apparently, to register a trailer in TX, you just get a new piece of steel, stamp in a serial number that you make up and then weld it OVER the old serial number on the trailer. Then you go to the DPS (aka DMV in some states) and get a form for registering a "new, homebuilt trailer". You put your info on it along with the new serial number that you just put on it, get it "inspected" anywhere and then register it as a new trailer. DONE! It's very common to see a trailer with a welded on plate so when an inspection place does it, it's not a red flag or anything. And really, there are places that are known to not be exactly too judgemental for inspections if you know what I mean. The police that took the report for our stolen trailer explained it to us this way and said to move on. It's gone. Just move on. He said trailer theft is ultra common and they rarely recover any of them. We learned that tongue locks are not enough and that the only real way to secure them are to lock them up inside of something.

Actually I have a friend who has a residential fence company who has to deal with this constantly. That's a whole nother story about storage lots who are often in on the theft rings.
 
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my guess is that the tractor will just likely get used somewhere else. Since they dont have license plates and can only be traced by using the serial numbers (which arent overly obvious to begin with), its highly unlikely it will ever be recovered. We had a trailer stolen from a business I had 15yrs back (just the empty trailer) and I was surprised to find out how those are handled. Apparently, to register a trailer in TX, you just get a new piece of steel, stamp in a serial number that you make up and then weld it OVER the old serial number on the trailer. Then you go to the DPS (aka DMV in some states) and get a form for registering a "new, homebuilt trailer". You put your info on it along with the new serial number that you just put on it, get it "inspected" anywhere and then register it as a new trailer. DONE! It's very common to see a trailer with a welded on plate so when an inspection place does it, it's not a red flag or anything. And really, there are places that are known to not be exactly too judgemental for inspections if you know what I mean. The police that took the report for our stolen trailer explained it to us this way and said to move on. It's gone. Just move on. He said trailer theft is ultra common and they rarely recover any of them. We learned that tongue locks are not enough and that the only real way to secure them are to lock them up inside of something.

Actually I have a friend who has a residential fence company who has to deal with this constantly. That's a whole nother story about storage lots who are often in on the theft rings.
That's just crazy, i guess your right he will not see it again.
 
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