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    Avatarcrazyguy21
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    Anyone on here know what’s likely to happen if you get your rig seized? I don’t hear of it happening round here very often but i’m interested to know what the police do with it and whether its usually returned :crazy:

    #1275488
    AvatarDaftFader
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    I think it differs from area to area, but in the worst areas (zero tolerance on illegal raves), I hear that they will keep and use the bits they can like the genny etc and chuck the rest in a crusher or possibly sell it to cover costs. That’s worse case, it could be possible to get it back, but I think only under certain circumstances. I’m not an expert so you’re best off waiting till someone else replies as I’m only getting this info from having read other people’s posts over the years.

    What area was the rig seized in?

    #1275486
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    the Police need to have a case heard at Court before they can legally destroy a rig or take bits off it. The Court can equally order the items are returned but that is rare. Bear in mind magistrates, senior cops, politicians etc are as young as my age group now (30s to 40s) and they remember how things were funded “back in the day”.

    Cops do tend to give very young crews just a flea in their ear i.e “words of advice” not to do it again and how to do it legally, provided they don’t have intelligence that the equipment has been funded by drug sales in which case they are a bit heavier.

    It is not easy or advisable to second guess the Police nowadays as they have new radios and other tech which means that even if there is footy or other incidents on a weekend they can still call reinforcements to close down a rave. Also they might well let 3 or 4 raves happen from the same crew, painstakingly gather evidence from ANPR (number plate scanning), and other methods (including facebook and forums) and then bust them hard.

    Penalties can in some cases include not just loss of a rig but a short prison sentence, especially if you do not have a day job (even plans for University do not make a difference). its happened already to two young lads I know.

    #1275489
    Avatarcrazyguy21
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    I’m from like somerset / wiltshire, majority of the time i see police at parties they barely do anything apart from talk to the rig owners or the person djing and then leave.

    #1275490
    Avatarcrazyguy21
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    Also does anyone know the best way to approach talking to the police when they want to speak to the organisers? I.E whether to claim ownership of soundsystem, who organised the party etc.

    #1275492
    AvatarChrispydelic
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    Run up to the most senior officer, give him a big hug and say “you made it! Wow, it’s SO cool that you managed to come!” Then ask him to introduce you to his friends!

    #1275491
    AvatarPat McDonald
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    What not to do when the cops show up… say “Great Costumes! Want to buy some drugs?”

    Although it’s worth asking for warrant cards in case they aren’t cops, just competition looking to score some free sound equipment.

    #1275487
    Avatarthelog
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