This is sort of a public service announcement to inform and to
attract ideas about protecting generators from being stolen, as
happened to us recently.
We had built a separate concrete shed for our generator and
secured it with a chain, iron gates and a padlock. We thought
we had actually overdone it, if anything. But we were proven
wrong. In the middle of the night, with several members of the
household awake and moving about inside, an undetermined
number of thieves came and removed the generator along with
it's gas-kit. These were not amateurs. This could only have
been the work of specialists.
Now this generator was so heavy, that two reasonably strong
men could barely move it. The thieves couldn't work the soph-
isticated main door, so they hoisted it over the boundary wall.
(There was ample evidence to suggest it). You might think that
is strange, but this was the same modus operandi that they
had previously employed next door. Not once, but twice, with
success. Finally our neighbours now keep their generator on
We here in Karachi, are looking at a couple of long, hot summers
ahead. I was in Saddar today and UPS and emergency lights
were flying off the shelves like crazy. Generators today aren't
just a 'status symbol', they're quickly becoming a necessity.
People are desperate and it seems, will go to any lengths to get
one. If somebody in our house had spotted them, they might
easily have been shot dead. And that's the kind of chance they're
willing to take. We are thinking of further beefing-up security
and have some ideas. If anybody out there has any, would love
to hear about them.
Sheikh 'Hai O'Zalima' Chilli