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Forum topic by BurlyBob posted 09-29-2015 02:16 AM 1094 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2015 02:16 AM

The other day I was wandering around here and went to the shops tab. I was totally blown by the number folks listing and showing their shops for the whole world to see. What knocked me out of the saddle was so many have their entire street address listed. One of them was an LJ buddy of mine. Me being the very suspicious and untrusting ex cop that I am, I shot him a message about it. I’m passing on to everyone who reads this,what I said to him. Doing so is a surefire way for uninvited guests to visit your shop at unusual hours and leave with gifts you had no intention of giving them. As I told my friend, I can’t tell you how many burglary and theft reports I’ve written of tools from garages and shops. Oh, I almost forgot, the vast majority of those tools were never recovered. Another thing insurance company don’t cover full replacement costs.

My suggestion folks is if you’ve got your shop listed here, check it and remove your street address.

My Best,

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#1 posted 09-29-2015 02:27 AM

Thanks, BurlyBob – I had forgotten that I had my address on my shop. Updated now. I need to update the wholel thing, I show the build as it was a few weeks ago getting final inspection tomorrow!

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#2 posted 09-29-2015 02:29 AM

I’m with BurlyBob on this. While trusting your fellow man is great in theory, it is, unfortunately, not always best in practice. I would never, ever list my home address for the reasons Bob mentioned.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#3 posted 09-29-2015 02:54 AM

dyfhid, check out your shop. I love that cedar shake siding.

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#4 posted 09-29-2015 03:32 AM

Thanks for the heads-up, Bob.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 09-29-2015 03:44 AM

Thanks Bob – I removed my address and put the map point in the middle of a swamp on the other side of town.

-- Troy | | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#6 posted 09-29-2015 08:24 PM

Thanks Bob !
That is why my shop has no windows and man door to the outside .


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 09-29-2015 10:37 PM

Thanks for the heads up Bob – - doublechecked mine… my pin says I live in the middle of the cloverleaf of Interstate 70 and 135. So I guess it just logs based on the zipcode.

Would love to have a search function by Zipcode – - to find local jocks, and be able to invite them to guild meetings and events.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#8 posted 09-29-2015 11:29 PM

I just use A1Jims workshop pictures and list his address as mine.
Keeps them away from my shop…. hehehehe

(Just kidding Jim)

I wonder how many of you check anyway? ..... lol

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#9 posted 09-30-2015 01:50 AM

Good info BB. Thnx for sharing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 09-30-2015 03:08 AM

dyfhid, check out your shop. I love that cedar shake siding.

- BurlyBob

Thanks, Bob! Passed my final inspection today, woohoo! I will update the shop page with final outside pics over the weekend. Now to get the inside going – just stud walls so far, and starting to move tools in.

I think there were something like 2000 individual cedar shakes, with at least two nails each. Started with a box of 7000 nails, after the roof and the siding, I have 800 left! I am so glad that part of the job is done!


-- Learn Relentlessly

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#11 posted 09-30-2015 03:28 AM

Great information and great idea. But…....let’s carry this one additional step. I am often surprised when I can clearly read a license plate inumber in the background. Those can be tracked straight back to you and your home address. That information is readily available on the Web if you know where and how to look. Am I right BurlyBob?

-- Bob

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#12 posted 09-30-2015 04:55 AM

Bob, I think your right. I’ve been out of the game for a few years. I’ve never had the need to do a license check. If I did, I know a guy. If you know what I mean.

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#13 posted 10-01-2015 10:30 AM


I raised the issue with the LJs staff some time ago.
The concerns were:-
without logging in the workshops you mentioned can be navigated to and surveyed from afar unoticed.

A example is P**n in New Mexico he was building a new workshop, and from the vague information in LJs I was able to locate it from here in Aust using Google and zoomed in on the building.

I was amazed and also horified that it was possible, so I sent a screenshot for verification, sure enough that was him and alough a bit dated, Using it you could then appear at the location unannounced and get a great deal on some woodworking gear at 5 finger prices.

My request to LJs was that the workshops had to be viewed only after members logging in and an audit trail was maintained, not that it would prove anything but protected the justly proud assets of those members

-- Regards Robert

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#14 posted 10-02-2015 12:29 AM

Robert it is pretty unnerving how someone can snoop around these days and get into you life. I just brought this up to help others avoid becoming the victim of a burglary. I can’t tell you how many such reports I wrote over the years. They just became a writing exercise with the odd successful conclusion. One of the many reasons I burned out. Nothing to show for my work.

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#15 posted 10-04-2015 04:47 PM

Burlybob brings up a great point. As a very smart man once told me; we are producers of information about ourselves. Criminals are consumers of that information. The lesson: be mindful of your output, no matter how “secure” you feel in any given venue.

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