Many years back, a customer of mine told me how a few years prior to him and I meeting that his house was broken into and his complete metal detecting collection stolen. It was a significant group of finds spanning many years of detecting. I felt horrible for him but honestly you never think of it happening to you.
For years I followed a few metal detecting forums and more recently several Facebook groups. I have made friends from all over the world and its always great to see what you’re friends are finding and to show your finds to friends. Years back I was fortunate to find a 1916 D Mercury dime and of course I wanted to share it with the forums I frequented. Unfortunately that coin became tainted for me after someone broke into my house and ended up killing one of my dogs. When I posted it, like cockroaches, more than a few people came crawling out of the woodwork wanting to metal detect with me. People I had never talked to or even knew of. To this day I don’t know the exact intentions of the person who broke into my house. From the best I could tell they were startled by my dog who caught them off guard, I assume my dog went after them and he was killed with a knife. They did however leave without taking anything. So I can’t say for sure their intent was to steal my metal detecting finds but what I can tell you is some weird stuff happened after posting the 1916 D and leading up to that incident.
Since then I have spoken to more people than I thought possible who have been robbed of their metal detecting finds. One guy I spoke with had all of his best stuff in a big, heavy safe, they took the whole safe! It’s shocking to me that there are people out there like this who would stoop so low but trust me, they are out there.
Since being broke into myself I have left a lot of finds out of posts. Even though I no longer keep valuable finds at my house and they are safely locked away I still don’t want anyone to get the idea that they might be where I live. In this day and age it is very easy to track someone, find where they live and I’m just not willing to take that chance.
This article is not meant to get anyone to stop posting their finds, my favorite thing to do when I have free time is to look through the FB groups and metal detecting forums at what is being found. What I hope this article will do is make you aware that there are people out there who are willing to take their life in their own hands to try and rob you of your hard work. Even if they don’t succeed it isn’t a good situation to be in.
Although I’m not telling anyone they shouldn’t be posting their finds I would be careful posting anything of real value and if you’re killing it every time out I would caution posting it all. Again, I’m not discouraging anyone from posting their finds but please be careful and be diligent. Don’t forget about your metal detecting equipment and whatever you might capture in pictures and share on social media.
I also know of people who have had metal detectors and equipment stolen as well. I never advise people to leave their equipment in their vehicle. Many years ago while a dealer I had a customer who called me after having his Minelab E-trac for only a month or so. He had left it in his vehicle and someone broke in and stole it. Another person I know of had their car stolen and the police found it in the woods on fire, the car and metal detecting equipment was a complete loss!
I hope I never have to hear about another person’s collection being stolen from them and I hope this article will keep someone from unwanted attention and that very possibility! Be careful of what you’re posting and please be aware there are always people out there looking for victims.