Originally Posted by beans-on-toast
I don't think that there is a practical way of preventing this kind of theft. The police will help you file a theft report. A better lock or door isn't going to stop them. Neither is an alarm. If they want to break in, they are going to do it.
Taking your equipment home is the only solution. Turn the cab on its side, put a cover over it, and use it as a table.
Exactly. I worked in the Electronic Security (Alarm) System industry for many years dealing with everything from Mom and Pop installs to Very High End property protection. It's almost impossible to stop someone from breaking in and stealing items.
You can make it more difficult for them (locks, etc.) and/or minimize their uninterrupted time on the premises (alarms), but you normally can't totally stop them.
For example: You can run a chain through the cabinet handles and chain it to a something substantial, and the thieves can either break out a Philips head screwdriver to remove the handles or just use the chain to yank the handles out of the cabinet.
If they can can get something that's in great condition or just something that's half trashed that they can get a few dollars for - that may be all they're after.
They won't all be bass players looking for a nice rig.