Good Reason (if ever you needed it) To Security Mark Your SoulPadMarch 26, 2013
The following letter broke our hearts at SoulPad HQ, and we wanted to share it with you to help warn of the dangers associated with theft at festivals. This is the first SoulPad that we've ever heard of being stolen and it makes us sad because the SoulPads normally only ever attract positive attention.
How can we combat theft at festivals and on campsites?
Security marking your property with UV pens is a good way of protecting your property, but is only really effective once the crime has been committed. Even then, what are the chances of secuirty or the police recovering and identifying your property?
It's therefore a good idea to introduce yourself to your neighbors, agreeing to look out for each others property in each others absence.
In the event that any of your proerty is stolen at a festival please do report it to both festival security and the local police. Failure to do this skews the festival's crime figures. They need to know the scale of the problem in order to tackle it effectively at following festivals.
Our thanks to John for sharing his experinces with us:
I have bought a lot of tents over the years and decided I would dig deep and buy something worthy of my cash that would last.
After a search on the internet I decided that a canvas bell tent was just the jobby for me. Times been what they are I soon realised that i would need very deep pockets indeed and then I found your site on YouTube of all places. The guy with the dreds put it up within a few minutes and I was hooked.
To be honest it looked kind of too good to be true. I'm a trusting soul so I have been stung plenty of times in the past. But you know when you have that vibe when somebody is actually a really nice person? Well i got that feeling from the lass on the other end of the phone. She wasn't pushy for a sale and was very friendly and helpful.
OK I could still be stung, my rare pessimistic side nagged.
But when it was delivered the next day, like she promised, things were looking good. I had a festival to go to that weekend and as soon as I felt the weight of it i went out and bought a trolley from B&Q.
My first attempt at putting it up was at the actual festival and it was unbelievably simple and solid as a rock. With normal tents I would have been sweaty, annoyed and not of good cheer. But I actually went on to help others with their tents while a few of them, especially the women and their kids coveted my SoulPad. The kids were running around inside it and I had no fear at all that they could damage it. In fact one lad tripped over his brother and smacked his head on the center pole and it didn't even budge an inch.
The first night sleeping in it was amazing. It was blowing a gale and chucking it down as usual but it didn't leak once and was quiet as a mouse. Also there wasn't the dreaded condensation in the morning to contend with. What also surprised me was how much more warmer it was compared to a normal nylon tent of the same size.
The following day me and my tent neighbors went down to the festival field to watch a band. Adam Ant if you were wondering.
During his part of the show we drank a few mystical drinks that made our legs and heads wobble. Intrigued about this beverage we retired to what is commonly know as the 'Beer Tent'. There was a rocking band on the stage that were playing some classic rock tunes and all was happy and good with the world.
Well I was until one of my tent neighbors offspring sought us out and asked why I had moved my tent. I thought they were just messing around and been silly as kids are. But the bump on the head boy said two men said I wanted to move my tent to a quieter place.
I still thought they were playing around so i had another pint but it was kind of nagging at me. Joe, the lads dad walked all the way back across two fields with me and I was met with a flattened patch of grass where my beloved SoulPad used to be. The thieves even cut the guy ropes rather than spending a few seconds pulling the pegs out. Shocked wasn't the word I would have used although I used plenty of words, that would make a builder blush, to describe just how hurt my inner child was feeling. I know I am a man and men don't cry but damn I was having difficulty holding it back.
Joe, not quite knowing how to deal with the situation rolled a 'long cigarette' and we got all philosophical. There was no point getting the police involved and even though it wasn't much comfort at the time I realised that SoulPad tents are that good they are good enough to steal. Probably not a slogan you wouldn't want to use though.
But luckily my weekend wasn't completely ruined because word got out and a kind stranger lent me a little Vango tent that he kept as a back up. Out of past experience when my sleeping bag had gone 'missing' at past festivals I kept it and the mat in my car so I still had those.
I have a couple of festivals I will be going to this year and because of the quality and the just beautiful soul the SoulPad has I am trying my best to save up for another one because i know I just wouldn't be happy with anything less.
Peace and love