- May 31, 2005
If you get a generator you do want a way to tie it down though, it WILL get stolen. Thieves don't care about the weather. They are out there rain or shine and in fact are more likely to be out if there is a big blackout. The only way to stop thieves is law changes but that's another topic.
Again, if you have thieves wandering around stealing running generators when the roads are so bad that people can't get out of their homes then I'd be very curious as to where you live. But going further from the OPs specific winter scenario and just saying power outages any time of the year then I can see that being a problem. Is it an issue where I live? No, as the crime rate isn't bad and nearly all homes have fenced in yards where the generator would be sitting. But I can see it being a problem for people.